The skin is a sensitive part of the human body that easily becomes damaged if good care is not taken. Factors such as aging, sun exposure or acne can make your skin uneven, wrinkled, sagged and spotted. Women and men spend heavy amounts on products to achieve a flawless look but most of these products offer false promises that never show real results.
If you want to see true difference in your skin to achieve a smoother and younger look, consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels use a chemical solution to clear the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers and revealing a new layer.
Other names for a chemical peel are chemexfoliation, derma peeling or a lunchtime peel. This method is becoming increasing popular as it is least invasive, quick and produces visible results. In addition to the face, a chemical peel can also be used on the neck and hands to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Some common questions asked about chemical peels are the following:
What can a chemical peel treat?
A chemical peel can improve the appearance of acne and acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, skin pigmentation, rough and dull skin, scaly patches, sun damaged skin and scars.
Who is not a good candidate for chemical peel?
Not everyone is a good candidate for chemical peels. You are not suitable for this procedure if you have an infection, cut skin, sunburn, and herpes sore and if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have taken accutane in the last 6 months or if you have psoriasis, eczema or rosacea. You must not have used Retin-A, Renova or prescription skin products in the last 48 hours. Your dermatologist would prepare a list of pre-treatment guidelines for you to follow.
Is a chemical peel painful?
A chemical peel is not exactly painful; patients only feel a mild stinging sensation. It also depends on if your chemical peel is light, medium or deep. Usually for deeper peels, anesthetics are applied on the skin and the physician may prescribe a mild pain reliever to ease any discomfort.