What is a chemical peel?
Many people are looking for a simple way to improve their skin without surgery or a facelift. Sun exposure, acne, and aging can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted, or even scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
There are several types of chemical peels: Light peels remove superficial wrinkles, medium peels and deep peels are for more severe conditions. After thoroughly cleansing the skin, a small applicator is used to apply the chemical solution to an area of the face. Excess solution is removed and the procedure is repeated on other areas. The amount of improvement varies and depends upon the initial condition of the patient’s skin. Significant improvement of damaged skin has been achieved, which can produce dramatic results.
Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.
You can improve:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
After Treatment Care
- Follow the Home Care Regimen sheet given to you by your technician
- Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT go to the tanning booth for at least 3 weeks before or after a treatment
- Do NOT or pull on any loosening or exfoliating skin (could cause hyperpigmentation)
- Do NOT have electrolysis, collagen injections, and facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately 5 days
For the next 2 day period:
- Do NOT apply ice or ice water to the treated areas
- Do NOT put the face directly into a hot shower, Jacuzzi, steam room, or sauna
- Do NOT participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration
- Do NOT use Buff-Puff’s or other means of mechanical exfoliation
- Do NOT direct a hair dryer onto the treated area
- Stay cool! Getting heated internally can cause hyperpigmentation