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What are Chemical Peels?

A Chemical Peel is a technique used to achieve smoother, glowing skin. It is known as a skin-resurfacing procedure as it serves to remove the top layers of oil, dirt, and other debris or pollutants on the skin to reveal the healthier layers of skin underneath.  It is an effective method to deal with skin conditions like fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. They can vary from light to deeper treatments, and also be done in conjunction with other skin treatments. 

How Does A Chemical Peel Work?

In most cases, a chemical solution is applied to the top layer of skin which is then removed. The chemicals are usually acidic in nature and remove a uniform layer of the skin it is applied to. The skin is made of 2 main layers, the epidermis – the visible skin – and the dermis, which is situated right underneath it. Most chemical peels only target the epidermis, but deeper peels can also penetrate the dermis layer.

Are Chemical Peels Good For Your Skin?

When the process is done with care by a professional it is considered beneficial and safe. Peels can help reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and improve uneven skin pigmentation. Chemical peels can have temporary inflammation effects, so consult your dermatologist before opting for a specific treatment, to check if it is compatible with your skin condition.

What Peel Is Good For Me?

Generally speaking, there are  3 main kinds of chemical peels offered. Each one is oriented toward a different final outcome, so considering your options before you book an appointment is a wise decision. Each treatment is meant to penetrate a different layer of skin.

Light Peel: This kind of peel targets only the outermost layer of skin and is best to treat dry or rough skin, uneven pigmentation and light acne scarring. The recovery time is quite short, spanning from a few hours to a few days at most, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. These treatments are usually done in a series of multiple times over a few weeks for the best results.

Medium Peel: This treatment targets the outermost layer as well as the top layer of the middle skin (dermis). It works best for moderate acne scarring, wrinkles, and discoloration of the skin. The recovery period for this kind of treatment is usually one week or longer depending on skin type and sensitivity. 

Deep Peel: This treatment offers the most dramatic results. It penetrates into the lower layer of the middle skin and works best if you suffer from extensive sun damage, deep acne scars, and blotchy skin. This treatment is usually recommended by a doctor and is carried out over several weeks. The recovery time usually spans more than 2-3 weeks. This treatment is typically done only once and requires significant downtime between treatments if advised again.

How Do I Prepare For A Chemical Peel?

It is advised to avoid direct exposure to sun and tanning for a minimum of 2 weeks before the treatment. Apply any topical skin products that have been advised to prepare your skin as well as oral medicine.

How Long Does A Chemical Peel Last?

The duration of the results of your chemical peel depends on which kind of peel you opt for. A light peel lasts between 1-2 months. Depending on the severity of your skin condition, you can get this treatment on a bi-monthly basis. A medium peel’s effects usually last between 2-6 months, but with repeated sessions, the results can be longer. A deep peel’s results last the longest, given the strong effects of the treatment. It is usually recommended to get a deep peel only once every 2-4 years. During this interim period, you may choose to get a light or medium peel, depending on how fast your skin recovers.

When Can You See The Results?

Depending on the type of peel treatment, you can expect to see results immediately with gradual improvement over time. A deep peel will produce drastic results, observable almost immediately, but it may take up to two weeks or longer for the skin to settle and heal fully. Light peels can help your skin look rejuvenated and brighter right away, but the effects will not be fully realized until the entire treatment course is completed, over several months.

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