What are chemical peels and how is it done? When can you expect the results?

What are chemical peels and how is it done? When can you expect the results?

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    What are chemical peels and how is it done? When can you expect the results?

    If you want to have that glowing and radiant skin, chemical peels are the perfect option for you. Let’s make you understand in detail, how these are done, their results, and much more.

    What are chemical peels?

    Chemical Peels will improve the skin’s appearance. During the treatment, your medical expert will apply a chemical solution to the area to be treated. Once the solution is applied, it starts forming blisters and it feels like they are coming off. Once that is done, you will see new skin, with a reduced amount of wrinkles as compared to your earlier skin. Chemical peels can be done on different body parts like:

    • Hands
    • Neck
    • Face

    How are chemical peels beneficial?

    Chemical peels can provide you with the following benefits which are mentioned below:

    • Reduce fine lines which are present around the mouth and under the eye area.

    • Reduce the wrinkled appearance caused due to aging and sun damage.

    • Mild scars appearance is improved.

    • Make your skin feel like new and fresh

    • Reduce age spots, dark patches, and freckles which are caused due to consumption or birth control pills and pregnancy.

    • Sun damage area gets better.

    • Might be considered effective to treat certain acne

    Can a chemical peel make my skin sensitive?

    Once you have got the chemical peel, your skin is going to be sensitive for a certain time, which is normal. When you want to step out, make sure that you lather on the sunscreen. Make sure to buy the sunscreen which has been mentioned as “broad-spectrum”. This way your skin will be protected against UVA and UVB rays. Make sure the SPF level is above 30. Although, you need to limit yourself from going out in-between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Who is a suitable candidate for a chemical peel?

    Generally, a chemical peel is suggested as the best option for candidates who are:

    • Fair-skinned
    • Light-haired patients
    • Darker skin can also get it

    The doctor will determine what is the problem to be treated. So, make sure that you consult the doctor and understand better about the way it can benefit you.

    What you should know before you get a chemical peel?

    During the initial consultation, you need to inform the doctor about:

    • Past medical history of scarring, cold sores (come back often), and undergone any facial X-rays.
    • Before the chemical peels, you need to stop the consumption of harmful drugs. Moreover, the doctor can recommend antiviral medications and antibiotics. The doctor may suggest you prepare the skin by taking the medications like:
    • Glycolic acid
    • Renova
    • Retina-A

    How to determine the right type of peel for your face?

    You should consult the doctor and understand what type of peel depth will suit you the best. The doctor will be able to determine what is the right kind of peel, depending on the:

    • Skin type
    • The severity of Skin damage
    • Downtime with each of them
    • Budget

    With that said, there is 3 depth with chemical peels which includes:


    • Targets the epidermal layer

    • Downtime: 3 to 5 days

    • Not repeated multiple times to manage the results

    Medium Peel

    • Peels down the skin beneath the reticular dermis

    • Downtime: 7 to 10 days

    • Need to take utmost protection from the sun

    Deep Peel

    • Not used that often and the person need to take utmost care of themselves

    • Downtime: 10 t 14 days

    How are chemical peels done?

    A chemical peel is done at the doctor’s office and it is an outpatient method. This means you can go back to your home on the same day.

    To begin with the procedure, the doctor will make sure the skin is clean. Following that, the doctor will apply a chemical solution to the problematic area. One or a combination of the following acids are applied:

    • Glycolic acid
    • Trichloroacetic acid
    • Salicylic acid
    • Lactic acid
    • Carbolic acid (phenol)

    Once that is done the new skin will come back in its place. For 5 to 10 minutes, you will experience a burning sensation, and then comes the stinging sensation. To manage it, the doctor will ask you to apply a cold compress to the area and it will help you. In case, you have got a deeper peel then the doctor will suggest medications. As mentioned above, you need to protect your skin against sun damage. So, make sure that you apply sunscreen.

    Are there any possible complications?

    Certain skin types might have a permanent or temporary color change, once you have undergone the chemical peel. If you are on birth control pills or have subsequent pregnancies, then it is likely to occur. If someone has had herpes in the past, then it might come out and chances of cold sores. In such conditions, the doctor will suggest the medications and get them treated.

    If you think this procedure is best for you, then book your initial consultation without any delay and get the treatment plan for you.