A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. Performed in-office, a chemical peel is an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off, hence the name chemical peel. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less dark and less wrinkled than it was prior to the peel.
Should I get a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is an excellent way to help treat acne scars, aging skin, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, melisma, scarring, sun damaged skin and wrinkles. The best candidates for chemical peels are generally light-haired and fair skinned people. Chemical peels do not work well on dark skinned patients.
If you have any of the following, it is also not recommended for you to get a chemical peel:
- Active skin diseases
- Cut or broken skin
- Nursing or pregnant
- Have taken Accutane in the last six months
What can I expect from a chemical peel?
While chemical peels don’t cause a great deal of pain, you will notice some stinging, redness, irritation and scaling, or peeling, like you would experience with a sunburn. Your doctor will recommend a cream or lotion to apply regularly to the treated area.
Healing time is usually about 1 week. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to handle your skin care and may request a follow-up appointment if he or she thinks it is necessary.