A chemical peel gives you a chance to remove the damaged top layers of your skin and reveal healthier new skin underneath. When you get a chemical peel, a solution is applied to the areas you want to rejuvenate on your face, neck, or hands.
Is a chemical peel right for me?
Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of skin conditions like acne scars, age spots, aging skin, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, rough or uneven skin texture, sun-damaged skin, and wrinkles.
They come in a range of strengths, from deeper phenol-based peels to more superficial peels like glycolic acid. Deeper peels may not be right for everyone, particularly if you have sensitive skin. A few light or medium-depth peels can often achieve similar results to one deeper peel treatment, with less risk and a shorter recovery time. Talk to a qualified provider about your goals to see if a chemical peel would work for your concern and skin.
After your skin has been numbed, the solution is applied to your face and is left to ‘work’. The amount of time it’s left on your skin depends on the specific type of peel, and it could range from a few seconds to up to an hour for more lightweight peels. Some peels will be neutralized with water, and then a protective mask or layer of petroleum jelly is placed on your treated skin.
After a few days, new skin will emerge looking sunburned and feeling very sensitive. It’s important to follow your provider’s instructions for taking care of your skin after the peel to make sure your skin stays healthy.