Chemical peels are a service that can rejuvenate the appearance of the face, neck, and hands. They work by causing the surface layer of the skin to peel off, revealing a smoother, fresher appearance. Chemical peels can treat a variety of skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, acne scars, or uneven skin tone.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three different types of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep peels. Each type uses a different active ingredient to exfoliate the skin.
Superficial peels use milder ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acid. These only affect the outermost layer of the skin for gentler exfoliation.
Medium peels typically use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid and saturate the middle and outer layer of skin cells. These types of peels are better for removing damaged cells and can be used to treat sun damage or similar concerns.
Deep peels reach the middle layer of the skin and tend to use phenol or trichloroacetic acid. They can be used to treat more severe skin damage but require longer and more extensive healing.
Chemical Peel Uses
Because chemical peels remove the outer layer of the skin and reveal a fresh, rejuvenated layer, they are useful for treating a variety of skin concerns. These include:
- Fine lines
- Acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
The Chemical Peel Procedure
Before your chemical peel service, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned and may be numbed with a topical cream depending on the specific type of peel being used. The product will then be applied to the skin using a brush or cotton applicator. You may experience a mild stinging or warming sensation.
The technician will monitor the progress of your peel, then, depending on the type of peel, apply a neutralizing solution to stop the exfoliating process. The entire service takes somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes.
Recovering from a Chemical Peel
The recovery process from a chemical peel varies based on the type of peel you’ve received.
After a light or medium chemical peel, you can expect about a weeklong recovery process. This may include discoloration of the skin, which may be darker, lighter, or redder. Medium chemical peels typically cause some swelling, after which crusts appear before the new skin is apparent.
Deep chemical peel recovery is more significant than other, more mild chemical peels. During this process, patients can expect severe swelling and redness as well as discomfort. New skin typically develops after about two weeks, but white spots and redness can persist for several weeks or months after the service.
Dr. Sabour will provide you with detailed instructions and information about the recovery process from your chemical peel service during a consultation.