What is a chemical peel and why are they so popular?
Cristi Bissegger-Cozad APRN, Medical director
Are you looking to improve the health of your skin? There’s a cosmetic procedure that can do the trick. A chemical peel can do wonders for your skin. The words “chemical” and “peel” might not sound good together. There’s no need to worry as this treatment is effective and safe. It’s a popular procedure among celebrities. You don’t have to break the bank to get a chemical peel. Want to learn how this procedure can help improve your skin? Read this article to find out.
What is a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is a restorative procedure that improves the skin. It uses a chemical solution to remove damaged layers of skin cells. By peeling away these skin cells, the procedure reveals healthy, new skin. The youthful skin underneath the damaged layers of skin cells will appear. It does this by causing trauma or injury to the skin’s layers. These layers will then peel off. The new skin that grows in its place is healthier and smoother. It will have fewer lines and wrinkles. Plus, the color of the new skin is better and the complexion is brighter.
There are many different chemical peels you can choose from based on your skin needs.
The VI Peel is very effective in reducing hyper pigmentation issues, such as melasma, which is the most difficult pigmenation problem to fix. It also yields amazing results for those with acne.
The ZO Stimulator Peel is a superficial peel and works great on any skin type. This peel stimulates cellular turnover, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving overall skin tone, texture and clarity.
Do you have moderate to severe skin imperfections? You should try focused peels produced by VI Peel. It’s a 45-minute treatment that treats fine lines and wrinkles.
The VI Acne focus or Enzyme Mask is great for oily skin with dilated pores. The ZO Stimulator Peel is for people with sensitive skin and treats fine lines and dull complexion.
What Conditions Can a Chemical Peel Treat
A chemical peel is a popular procedure because it can help to treat different conditions. It can also improve one’s skin appearance. It does this by improving the skin’s tone and texture. Your face, neck, or hands can undergo a chemical peel. It works great on fine lines. Yes, the ones under the eyes and around the mouth. It can treat certain types of acne and scarring. It also works on sun, age, and liver spots. If you have freckles, you should consider this procedure. A chemical peel can also treat rough skin and hyperpigmentation. It doesn’t work well on bulges and deep scars. It will not work well on severe wrinkles.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel
At this point, you might be wondering if you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure. A chemical peel works great on all skin types. If you have a darker skin tone, it is important to go with specific types of chemical peels. Persons with darker skin tones could experience darkening of the skin after the wrong chemical peel for their skin.
How Does It Work?
You can undergo a chemical peel in a doctor’s office or an aesthetic center. It will be an outpatient procedure. There are different types of chemical peels, but the preparation is similar for each. First, they will use an agent to cleanse the skin. The agent will remove excess oils. Then, it’s time to apply the chemical solution to the skin. A brush or sponge is used for this. The chemical solution will contain a certain type of acid. You’ll have your eyes covered to prevent the chemical solution from going into them. They will also protect your hair to prevent damage. During the chemical peel, you’ll feel a warm sensation. It might feel hot, but it’ll last for a few minutes. You might also feel a stinging sensation. To relieve this sensation, they will apply a cool compress to the skin. The time it takes to complete depends on the type of procedure. It can last up to 90 minutes. Once the procedure is over, they will wash off the chemical solution. They might neutralize it.
The Recovery Process
The recovery process is different for each chemical peel procedure. It’s common to experience mild irritation and dryness. Some chemical peels can cause swelling and redness. A deep chemical peel can cause crusting. This type of procedure might cause severe redness. The healing time can take between one to seven days for a light chemical peel. For a deep chemical peel, healing can take up to 14 days. After 7 to 14 days, you can expect to start wearing makeup again. There’s a reason why this procedure has its name. After three to five days with a deep chemical peel, the skin will begin to peel away. The skin will peel off as it does after a sunburn. Your job is to clean the skin but don’t pull or pick at it because doing so can cause skin irritation. They will give you instructions to follow. You must follow the instructions to experience the best results. The instructions will discuss sun protection. This is a must after undergoing a chemical peel. Use sunscreen as the skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s rays. It’s crucial to keep your skin cool. Limit the exposure you get to the sun and try not to overdo yourself when exercising. Don’t worry if you start to get pimples. This can happen, but if it does, it’ll clear up within a few days.
Be mindful that the results of a chemical peel take time to see. You won’t see the results overnight. After you start seeing the results, you must start to take care of your skin. If you have any concerns about the result, you can schedule a follow-up visit.
The Bottom Line
If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, you should consider getting a chemical peel. This type of procedure can help to treat different skin conditions. A chemical peel will remove damaged skin layers. It gives healthy, smoother skin the chance to grow in place. You’ll be happy with the results.
Do you want to learn more about how a chemical peel works and if it can benefit you? Contact us to learn more about this procedure.