Dead Skin Removal (Chemical)
Chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to “blister” and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
Chemical peels can improve the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration or age spots), enlarged pores due to an improper daily skincare regimen, light sun damage, light freckling and minimal scarring. Treatment is available for the face, arms, legs, neck, chest and hands.
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RecoveryTo promote healing and reduce the risk of complications, follow the directions of the treatment provider very carefully. You’ll likely be told to avoid all makeup and stay out of the sun for up to two weeks. You will need sunblock with an SPF of 15 or higher before you go outside.
Your skin’s reaction to a chemical peel depends on many factors, including skin type and peel strength. During the first two weeks the skin may break out until it is renewed at the end of recovery. Additional reactions can be similar to sunburn.
Lighter peels can produce redness and skin peeling for a few days. Deeper chemical peels can result in blisters that burst, scabs or skin peeling for up to two weeks. This may be accompanied by swelling.
If you have a severe reaction, your doctor may prescribe ointments, creams, oral steroids or dressings. The treated skin is highly susceptible to injury, so take care of it.
The treatment provider will recommend a daily skincare regimen that is essential to the healing process. Be sure to follow the regimen and report any problems that result from the peel or from the new skincare regimen.
The aging process, including new fine lines and age spots, will continue over time. A maintenance program of chemical peels may be part of your long-term plan.