Chemical peels have been done for centuries—as early as ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome. They are used to create a smoother appearing skin that is generally perceived as more attractive. You get results almost right away and you don’t have to be in a hospital to have it done. It helps get rid of acne scars, pigmentation unevenness, wrinkles and fine lines.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is done on skin that needs fine lines, wrinkles or pigment changed. A solution is put on the face that gets rid of the blemishes within a few minutes.
Who is a candidate?
The best candidates have blond hair and fair skin although those with darker pigmentation can have it done in certain circumstances. If you aren’t happy with the way your face looks and want to have the blemishes removed, you are probably a good candidate for this procedure. It’s better if you are not a smoker.
Benefits and Risks of a Chemical Peel
There are generally few complications of a chemical peel but it is possible to get an infection, have scarring, local swelling and a change in the tone of your skin. People can get cold sores from having a chemical peel.
This procedure improves the condition of your skin so that you look more youthful and have less pigmentation and damage from the sun. Ask your doctor about risks and benefits that apply to you.
Having a Light Chemical Peel
This is a treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines, small wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. Doctors use lactic acid, salicylic acid, fruit acids or alpha hydroxy acids to do this kind of peel.
Medium Chemical Peels
Trichloroacetic acid is used for this kind of medium peel. It works deeper in the skin than a light peel and it gets rid of deeper blemishes as well as fine wrinkles and fine lines.
The Use of a Deep Chemical Peel
This is the strongest peel you can have. Doctors use phenol acid on the facial skin, which gets rid of pre-cancerous lesions, sun-damaged skin, deeper wrinkles and deeper lines. It can cause permanent lightening of the skin so talk to the doctor about that.
Having an Acne Chemical Peel
Doctors use alpha hydroxy acid and a light chemical technique to rid the body of acne scars and to kill the acne bacteria. They make a weaker strength of the AHA solution that you can use at home when you take care of your skin.
Side effects of a Chemical Peel
You can get some redness, stinging and crusting of the skin that occurs the first day or so after the procedure. Gradually the skin heals and you do well. Serious side effects include scarring and infection.