Chemical Peel Overview
What it is:
A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing technique in which a chemical solution is applied to the face to remove the outer surface layers of skin, allowing new, healthier skin to emerge. Chemical peels come in a range of strengths, from a deeper Phenol Peel to more superficial peels, such as a Glycolic Acid peel.
A chemical skin peel involves the application of a solution to the entire face or to specific areas to peel away the skin's top layers. Several light to medium-depth peels can often achieve similar results to one deeper peel treatment, with less risk and shorter recovery time.
- Peel solutions may contain alpha hydroxy acids, tricholoracetic acid (TCA) or phenol, and peel "depth" or the number of skin layers removed, is determined by both solution ingredients and concentration.
- TCA Skin Peels use trichloroacetic acid for peeling of the face, neck, hands and other exposed areas of the body. It has less bleaching effect than phenol peels, and is good for "spot" peeling of specific areas. It can be used for deep, medium or light peeling, depending on the concentration and method of application.
- Phenol is used for deep chemical peels. Phenol offers full-face peeling when sun damage or wrinkling is severe. It can also be used to treat limited areas of the face, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth, but it may permanently bleach the skin, leaving a line of demarcation between the treated and untreated areas that must be covered with makeup.
- Lactic acid lotions like Lac-Hydrin can help to treat keratosis pilaris and lighten brown spots at the same time.
- At Home Chemical Peel kits are less concentrated than the agents offered by a skin care specialist. If you use "At Home" peels, there is a risk of applying to strong of an acid for your skin type. Reports on RealSelf by home peeling of acne scars, acne, and other facial skin concerns reveal that people can get severely burned and scarred from products.
|Inside this Guide|
|1. Types of Chemical Peels||7. After Chemical Peel|
|2. How is Chemical Peel Performed?||8. Recovery|
|3. Who should consider Chemical Peel?||9. Results: what to expect|
|4. Doctor Consultation: what to ask||10. Side Effects|
|5. Getting ready for Chemical Peel||11. Cost|
|6. During Chemical Peel||12. Terminology to know|
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