Chemical peels are a facial treatment that will significantly improve the texture of your skin by removing damaged outer layers of skin. Chemical peels can improve skin that is blotchy, discolored, sun-damaged, or acne-scarred. They are also a cost-effective way to improve the look and feel of your skin.
A chemical peel removes the top layers of the skin by means of a chemical, as opposed to heat with a laser. The chemical is chosen based on the skin type and skin color of the patient as well as the problem being treated. New skin is revealed so that pores appear smaller, small lines are plumped up and seem to disappear, and acne and acne discoloration are improved.
Starting a good skincare regimen before a peel can improve your results. Twice-daily antioxidants, sunscreen in the morning, and a retinoid in the evening are recommended. You should stop the retinoid one week prior to the peel and restart it one week after. Those who have problems with melasma or hyperpigmentation should start a skin-lightening cream (hydroquinone) several weeks before a peel.
Downtime can vary from no downtime to a week of peeling, similar to a bad sunburn.
After treatment, avoid the sun and keep the skin moist to avoid crusting. These practices will prevent redness, infection, and hyperpigmentation.
Depending on the type of chemical peel you are receiving, details of treatment may vary. However, in any chemical peel treatment, your provider will use a brush or an applicator to apply the chemical solution to your skin. Slight discomfort may occur
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