What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a solution such as salicylic acid, carbolic acid, or lactic acid that is applied to small areas of your skin. This creates what is known as a controlled wound, which stimulates new healthy skin to grow.
What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?
Most chemical peels are designed to help improve your skin’s appearance. After applying the solution, the skin blisters up and peels off shortly after. New skin takes its place, creating baby-like smoother skin. This is a very effective treatment for removing wrinkles and acne scars. Additional benefits are as follows:
- Treat sun damaged and aged skin
- Minimize lines underneath the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat various cases of acne
- Reduce freckles, dark patches, and spots
- Improve the overall health, look, and feel of the skin
After the chemical peel is done, your skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight during the healing process. At this point in time, we advise that you wear good sunscreen everyday if possible. The type of sunscreen doesn’t matter as long as it reads “broad spectrum” on the packaging. This simply means that its active ingredients protect against UVA and UVB rays from the sun – SPF 30 and above is the best place to start.
What To Expect After Getting a Chemical Peel?
In addition to sunlight sensitivity, you should expect a redness in the skin, followed by scaling that lasts between three to seven days. Deep peeling may also occur and result in a swelling of the face and blisters that break off as dead flaky skin, similar to the effects of a bad sunburn. Overall, your skin should be close to completely healed within seven to 14 days. However, it is still recommended that you protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen for up to three months after the treatment due to the fragility of the new layer of skin.