Chemical peels are chemical solutions that are applied to the skin. The key purpose of applying these chemical peels is to improve the appearance of the skin. Typically, a chemical peel treatment results in the skin becoming smoother and relatively wrinkle free.
Chemical peels can be applied on various parts of the human body, including the hands, the neck, and the face. Some of the key benefits of applying chemical peels include:
• A reduction in the number of fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes.
• An improvement in the appearance of scars.
• A reduction in wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage.
• A reduction in freckles, spots, and dark patches.
• The treatment of acne.
• An improvement in the appearance and texture of the skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are mainly three kinds of chemical peels that you can choose from.
First, we have superficial chemical peels or light chemical peels, which are basically composed of mild acids like alpha hydroxy acid. These particular types of peels are used for exfoliation and do not penetrate beyond the skin’s outermost layer.
Then, we have medium peels, which are basically made up of glycolic or trichloroacetic acids. These peels are capable of reaching the middle layer of the skin. As a result, they are highly effective at removing dead skin cells
Finally, we have deep chemical peels, which can go beyond the middle layer of the skin to eliminate damaged skin cells. Deep peels are either made of trichloroacetic acid or phenol.
Is There a Recovery Period for Chemical Peels?
The recovery period for chemical peel treatments varies according to the type of peel used.
The recovery for light chemical peels or superficial peels occurs over a period of a few days. At this time your skin may become temporarily darker or lighter.
On the other hand, the recovery for medium chemical peels can take around a week or so. You may experience redness of the skin during this time. There may also be some mild swelling, which will eventually lead to the formation of blotches and crusts.
Finally, in the case of deep chemical peels, the recovery period can last more than a week. This will include some swelling and redness followed by a mild burning sensation over the treated areas.
After undergoing a chemical peel treatment, your skin will develop increased sensitivity to the sun. However, there is nothing to worry about since this is temporary. To avoid any complications, you will be advised to use sunscreen every day. This should ideally be a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Broad spectrum sunscreen ointments or lotions protect your skin from UVB and UVA rays.
The sunscreen should also have an SPF rating of over 30 and should be categorized as a physical sunscreen.
Other than that, make sure the amount of time you spend in the sun is limited. Do not spend more than three to four hours under the sun, especially between mid-morning and mid-afternoon times. If you are forced to go out during this time, make use of a wide brim hat and cover your face with a scarf or cloth.
Revitalize Your Skin with a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel can help eliminate unsightly blemishes and some signs of aging quickly, without having to undergo an invasive surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about the surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Byrd.