Chemical peels can improve the skins appearance. In this treatment a chemical solution is applied to the skin which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck or hands.
Peels are most beneficial for:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improve the appearance of mild scars
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches
- Improve the look and the feel of the skin.
Directly after a chemical peel the skin is more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen, avoid sun exposure between 10am-2pm and wear a wide-brimmed hat!
Who is a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel
Generally fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin you may benefit from more aggressive treatments such as lasers. This is why a consultation with our Skin Care Specialist is best, this way you get the best treatment for your specific skin type!
How do Chemical Peels Work
Before your peel be sure to stop using tumeric, fish oil, ginko biloba, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and avoid alcohol at least 7-days prior to treatment.
After you skin is cleaned thoroughly then the solution is applied, it may be applied more than once depending on the depth of the peel and what we are trying to treat. The solution creates a controlled wound allowing dead skin to exfoliate and new skin to grow.
Many patients feel like they have just had a sunburn. Peeling typically involves redness followed by scaling and skin lifting for the next 3-7 days. Depending on the depth of the peel blisters may occur, be sure to keep the area clean and free from dust and makeup.
Peels can be repeated every 4-6 weeks depending on what you are trying to accomplish with the skin!