A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back smoother and healthier. With a light or medium peel, you may need to undergo the procedure more than once to get the desired results.
Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin and scars — usually on the face. They can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures. And they can be done at different depths, from light to deep. Deeper chemical peels offer more-dramatic results but also take longer to recover from.
Your aesthetic expert will use a unique applicator or sponge to apply the chemical solution to your skin. The solution may contain glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid, with a blue color added; this is sometimes called the blue peel. As the solution is applied, your skin will whiten. You may feel a stinging or burning sensation and be given a cool compress for your skin or a fan to cool your skin. The blue coloring of the peel will show on your skin for several days after your chemical peel treatment. Your overall treatment lasts about 30 minutes to one hour. Medium chemical peels are used to treat:
Blotchy or uneven skin tone
Several treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results. Chemical peels can be applied every two to four months.
Medical grade chemical peels are designed to improve texture and appearance of the skin. They are used to improve blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles and skin tone. Depending on the peel used during your treatment is the concentration of the solution.
Before your treatment, your aesthetic expert provided pre-treatment instructions that are important to follow, such as:
One week before treatment, don’t wax or bleach your hair in the treated areas.
One week prior to treatments, stop using facial scrubs and exfoliants
48-hours before your treatment, stop using any retinol or Retin-A products.
You will need to arrange a ride to and from the office for deep or medium peels because you will receive an anesthetic.
If you have a prescribed painkiller or sedative, you may need to take it before coming to the office, which means you should have someone drive you to your appointment.
Recovery from a chemical peel treatment is different for each patient, depending on your skin condition and the type of peel you received.
Five to seven days
Redness may last for a few months
Skin will slightly swell, crust, and brown before revealing new skin