What is a Chemical Face Peel?
A chemical face peel is a treatment where a practitioner uses chemicals to remove the outer layers of facial skin. It will not stop aging, but it can help with blemished, unevenly colored, or wrinkled skin. The treatment is calibrated for intensity according to the patient’s individual needs and desired results. We have a variety of peels including AHA, SALICYLIC ACIDS, LACTIC, MANDELIC, GLYCOLIC, PHENOLS and TCA just to name a few. Our professionals will consult with you to advise which peel to use for your specific skin condition.
Chemical Peel Procedure
The procedure will be performed in the office by your practitioner. The treatment differs slightly in time and method depending on which facial chemical peel you have, but in general, it is performed by a cosmetic practitioner, who carefully applies the peel after thoroughly washing the skin to be treated. In the more intense treatments, the doctor may apply petroleum jelly beforehand.
Chemical Peel Treatments
There are three main types of peels available, which can sometimes be used together to bring the best results:
- Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs): This can smooth out rough, dry facial skin and help with acne treatment. It can also help pigmentation unevenness with the mixture of a bleaching formula. AHAs useful for treatment include lactic, glycolic, and fruit acids. The lightest form of chemical peel, AHAs can be used as a preparatory treatment for the next, more intensive form of peel.
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA): This peel can remove fine, shallow wrinkles and superficial blemishes and further treat pigment problems. For patients with darker complexions, this is often the recommended peel. It can be used on the neck and other body areas. Healing is relatively fast, and sunblock is necessary for several months afterward.
- Phenol: Used on the face only, this treatment can smooth deeper wrinkles and correct blotches. It can also be useful in the treatment of pre-cancerous growths. For a localized treatment, such as one just for the upper lip, treatment can take part of an hour; for a full-face treatment, the time can be an hour or more. Complete recovery may take a while, but the results can be striking and last a long time.
In addition to rejuvenating skin, chemical peels can be useful in treating deeper imperfections, such as acne scars. .
Benefits of Chemical Peel
Chemical peels can help with uneven facial coloration. Your cosmetic practitioner will be able to choose the correct intensity of treatment, including the specific chemicals that should help with uneven skin pigmentation. Ask your cosmetic professional for more information.
Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of aging. The peel clears away the top layer of skin, bringing younger, less-damaged skin to the surface.
Chemical peels can help with acne. They can also help with the appearance of acne scars. Contact your skin care professional for more information.
Chemical Peel Before and After
Chemical peel aftercare is important. The skin may be red, irritated or flaky for a few days following treatment. A phenol peel may cause swelling that can be surprising, but it will go away; until then, you may need some help to accomplish daily tasks. You may need pain medication, and if tape was used on your face during the procedure, your practitioner will remove it after a couple of days. Recovery can last from a few days to two weeks, depending on the intensity of the treatment performed.
With a chemical peel, sun damage carries a heightened risk. Always use sunblock, as your skin will be more sensitive to the harmful rays of the sun after a medical chemical peel.
The results can be impressive, reducing lines, scars, and discoloration.
Get the Best Chemical Peel for Acne Scars
Your cosmetic professional will help you choose the correct procedure for your own skin issues, be it a chemical peel or other treatment. Contact us for more information or to schedule a free consultation.