A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to remove layers of skin, revealing the more youthful skin underneath. Chemical peels can reduce or improve fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scars, uneven skin coloring and other skin imperfections.
A chemical peel, also known as chemexfoliation or dermapeeling, uses a chemical solution to improve the appearance of your skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to your skin, which causes trauma or injury to your skin’s layers. The skin layers eventually peel off revealing more youthful skin. The new skin is usually smoother with fewer lines and wrinkles, has a more even color and is brighter in complexion.
What conditions does a chemical peel treat?
Chemical peels are used to treat certain skin conditions or to improve your appearance by improving the tone and texture of your skin. Chemical peels are most commonly performed on your face, neck or hands.
They can help reduce or improve:
Fine lines under your eyes or around your mouth and wrinkling caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors.
Certain types of acne.
Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, uneven skin coloring.
Precancerous scaly spots called actinic keratosis.
Rough skin, scaly patches, dull complexion.
Dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.
What type of chemical peels can I get?
There are three different types of chemical peels that you can get. These include:
Superficial peels, which use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate. It only penetrates the outermost layer of skin.
Medium peels, which use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layer of skills. This makes it more effective for removing damaged skin cells.
Deep peels, which fully penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells; these peels often use phenol or tricholoracetic acid.