A chemical peel uses an exfoliating solution to remove the top layer of skin, exposing fresh, new skin that’s free of wrinkles, lines, sun damage, and other skin imperfections.
There are three main types of chemical peels:
A mild peel uses a gentle acid to peel the uppermost layer of skin. It’s typically used to address mild skin discoloration and rough skin. In addition to the face, a mild peel can also be applied to the neck, chest, or hands.
A medium peel uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate into the skin’s middle layer. It can be used to treat age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration.
A deep peel uses trichloroacetic acid and phenol to go deeper into the skin’s middle layers. This approach removes age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and freckles, as well as shallow scars. It can only be done on the face, and its effects can last up to 10 years.
People with fair skin tend to see better results from a chemical peel than those with dark skin. If you have any active skin conditions, cut or broken skin, or a sunburn, it’s best to wait before having a chemical peel.
Chemical peels are not recommended if you’re pregnant, have taken Accutane in the last six months, or have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, or rosacea.
While all chemical peels require some downtime, the length and duration of your recovery depends on the type of peel. The more intense the treatment, the longer the recovery period.
After a light chemical peel, you may experience some redness and stinging, and it will usually take 1-7 days to heal. You should start seeing results in a few days.
Following a medium chemical peel, you may notice some slight color changes. The peeling process typically begins within 48 hours and lasts 1-2 weeks. A deep peel typically requires 2-3 weeks of recovery time before you can resume your normal activities
Applying lotions and creams helps protect your skin as it heals. A follow-up appointment is usually recommended after a medium or deep peel.
Consult with Pam or Stacey about which chemical peel is right for you. Call Aesthetic Assets or book an appointment online today.