What Is a Skin Peel or Chemical Peel?
A chemical or skin peel is a science-based treatment that, when properly done, offers one of the most powerful non-surgical skin improvements available. Chemical peels are acid solutions that remove damaged layers of cells from the skin’s surface and stimulate skin regeneration—revealing glowing and youthful skin.
Light chemical peels include fruit-, milk-, or sugar-based acids and enzymes. These peels may result in light flaking and sting slightly when applied. They can help improve sun-damaged skin and lighten pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Medium chemical peels include Jessner peels and TCA peels. Jessner peels are good for oily, acne-prone skin. TCA peels are appropriate for more intense sun damage, pigmentation, and deeper lines and wrinkles. TCA peels can also be beneficial for those who have very thick, congested skin. All these skin peels are typically accompanied by a lasting, sunburn-like sting and result in more aggressive exfoliation that can last for up to 10 days.
How Does a Peel Improve the Skin?
By removing the buildup of dead skin cells and stimulating the regeneration of cells, peels result in visible improvements. They can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, diminish oil production and pore size, clear blemishes, and improve texture, tone, and hydration—giving your skin an overall healthy appearance.
Who Is the Perfect Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Skin peels are extremely beneficial in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photoaging.
What Can I Expect after My Chemical Peel?
- Immediately following the treatment, the skin will be very smooth and tight.
- There may be a color change—pink to red the first day, and then a brown tone until peeling occurs.
- The skin will generally begin flaking in 2–3 days; however, flaking can take place any time for the next 7–10 days.
- Exfoliation varies from person to person and from peel to peel. Flaking may vary from none at all, mild, or hardly visible to heavy, continuous peeling. Don’t worry about how much you actually peel. Even if there is no visible peeling, it doesn’t mean that the peel didn’t work; effective microscopic peeling is taking place.
What Type of Homecare Should I Use after My Chemical Peel?
After your treatment, you will be given specific instructions to follow.
Once your skin has healed, daily skincare is essential to maintain the results of your peel. Good moisturizing and sunblock are important, and additional specialty products may be prescribed based on your individual needs.