A chemical peel is a procedure that helps someone to smooth out their skin for a softer and more appealing texture. This technique involves taking away the deadened, outer layers of skin, which means that you can exposed the untouched layer underneath. By getting a chemical peel, you would provide your skin with an opportunity to heal itself, creating a new layer that is fresh and radiant.
Some of the benefits that you will love about the effects include:
- Elimination of dead skin on the surface
- Spot treatment of problem areas
- Elimination of wrinkles and stretch marks
The complexion is fickle, and there are many irritants and toxins in the environment alone that can disrupt the natural balance. With regular skin care, you just treat the outer layers, without having the opportunity to penetrate the skin. By choosing a chemical peel, you renew your complexion, and can even look years younger than before. To get it done right, you need a medical professional to perform the procedure for you. Read on below to see what you can expect with a chemical peel and the healing process.
Types of Chemical Peels
Just like there are different skin types and ailments, there are a few different chemical peels that you can test out. Each one has specific benefits, even though the actual procedure may vary slightly. Those chemical peels include:
- Alpha hydroxy acid peels
- Beta hydroxy acid peels
- Jessner’s peel
- Retinoic acid peel
- Phenol-croton oil peel
Alpha hydroxy acid peels are the mildest treatment that you can try out, which means that it’s good for consumers that haven’t tried out this procedure yet. With various fruit acids, it helps with the eradication of wrinkles, dryness, discoloration, and blemishes. If you decide to perform this remedy at home, then it can be combined with a facial wash in daily care.
Beta hydroxy acid peels use salicylic acid, which is the same acid that you probably have in one of your acne-reducing cleansers. It eliminates bacteria from the complexion, while reducing inflammation. It is oil soluble, and can eliminate dead skin cells with a little more potency than the alpha hydroxy acid peels.
Jessner’s peel was created by Dr. Max Jessner, and it was previously called the Coombe’s formula. This peel is a combination of the acids used in the beta and alpha hydroxy acids, but with a base comprised of ethanol.
Retinoic acid peels are one of the most common procedures in a plastic surgeon’s office for skin, though this treatment can also be performed with a dermatologist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This deep peel gets rid of scars, wrinkles, and discolorations in pigment. Some doctors prefer to use this peel with the Jessner peel for an approach with a greater spectrum of treatment. This peel remains on the face when you go home, but the peeling in the complexion starts on day three after leaving the facility.
A phenol-croton oil peel uses croton oil for the most intense exfoliation of all five of these options. Before the 1960s, it was reserved only for the Hollywood elite, but it has since become more common.
There are some variations on these, depending on what is available at the facility. The mildest and least uncomfortable are the alpha and beta hydroxy acid peels, but the more intense remedies may cause soreness, which can be treated. If there’s a different type of procedure that you want, speak with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn about their specialty.
A chemical peel is a procedure that helps someone to smooth out their skin for a softer and more appealing texture. This technique involves taking away the deadened, outer layers of skin, which means that you can exposed the untouched layer underneath. By getting a chemical peel, you would provide your skin with an opportunity to heal itself, creating a new layer that is a fresh and radiant.
Once the anesthetic starts working, the doctor will put the chemical solution on your skin. By this point, you will have already discussed your needs and expectations for the procedure, so the doctor will use the solution that best suits your complexion concerns. When the solution is applied, it’s normal for you to experience a little tingling or stinging. This sensation is just a sign that the chemicals have already begun to work in your complexion.
The amount of time that the chemical is left on will entirely depend on which of the procedures you had done. The formula only needs water to remove, which the doctor will walk you through. Once rinsed, the doctor will give you an ointment that will soothe this fresh skin. If you receive one of the intense treatments, the doctor may use petroleum jelly to coat the skin instead, due to its softening and nourishing base for fresh skin.
Recovery and Aftercare
While recovering from the chemical peel, your doctor will tell you all the information that you need to know for the healing process. Typically, a mild peel allows you to resume normal activities the same day, while deep chemical peels may require you to take about a week off from work. Make sure to avoid direct sunlight until the pinkness of your skin has healed, and always apply sunscreen.
The retinol elements may leave a yellowish hue in the complexion, which is totally normal. This effect should wear off in a few hours after the procedure takes place. Instead, the complexion will be mildly to moderately red during the healing process for about
If you’re looking for someone to perform your chemical peel, Dr. Ruth Hillelson is one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in the Eastern U.S. As a former research chemist associate at Harvard, she has spent five years researching, developing, and testing breakthrough technology for real skin rejuvenation. The result is Iridesse, a skin care line that will make skin healthier instead of just giving the appearance of health.
Have you heard of Chemical Peels before? Is it something you would do? What do you think of the procedure?
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sandy ralph says
ive not heard of i before but i would certainly like to try if I could afford it
Gill Mitchell says
The name “chemical peel” has always put me off but actually this sounds great!
Carol Boffey says
looks a good idea
Alexandra Faller says
chemical peel doesnt sound the best name for this but it does sound interesting
Sheila Reeves @cakereev says
I have heard of chemicaal peels, not been tempted to try one as thought they all needed about a week off work – interesting to find out there are milder ones to try
Emma Hussain says
I had a neighbour that had one and I was a bit alarmed when I saw it peeling like a peel off face mask! Kinda put me off
Josie Mellor says
I’m still not sure whether I would be brave enough to have one. Maybe I should take the plunge!
ST Sage says
Hi! Thanks so much for this information. Its very educational. A lot of people can benefit from this read. I’m one of them.
Lisa @Beautynskincare says
Very informative!It looks effective treatment for many common skin problems. I really liked this article so much. Thanks and keep sharing.
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