What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel is a medical procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to your face, which causes a thin layer of your outermost skin to “blister” and peel away. Once the procedure is done and your skin has completely healed, the new skin beneath the peeled away layer is usually much more youthful looking and feeling. A chemical peel might be a good option for you if you are concerned about certain cosmetic facial issues, including:
- Fine lines under the eyes or around the mouth
- Scars (e.g., acne scars)
- Rough skin
- Age spots
- Dark patches
What kinds of chemical peels are available?
There are many different types of chemical peels, each having unique benefits. Work with your dermatologist to decide which peel will work best for you and your skin concerns/goals. Some of the skin peel options that may be a good option for you include the following:
Superficial Chemical Peels
A superficial facial peel refers to a chemical peel that uses a very mild chemical solution to gently lift only the very outermost layer of your skin. This type of chemical peel is the least harsh on your skin, but may only remove small imperfections or skin roughness.
Medium Chemical Peels
A medium chemical peel refers to a facial peel treatment that uses a slightly stronger chemical solution that is able to reach through the outermost layer of skin and into the middle layer of skin. This kind of chemical peel is able to reach more damaged skin cells, so it may be more effective depending on your personal needs.
Deep Chemical Peels
A deep chemical peel refers to the strongest type of chemical peel, which can penetrate all the way through the middle layer of the skin to remove any damaged skin cells.
Are chemical peels safe?
Chemical peels are considered very safe when performed by a certified dermatologist or skin specialist. Speak with your healthcare provider to learn about all of the safety information for the specific type of chemical peel you are interested in having. In general, some of the possible side effects of a chemical peel include:
- Redness and peeling – These are part of the normal healing process from a chemical peel and typically go away over time as your body heals.
- Skin darkening or lightening – Skin color changes could occur, depending on your skin type. For some, these changes may be permanent.
- Infections – Rarely, a fungal or bacterial infection could occur due to a chemical peel.
- Scarring – Rarely, scarring could occur, usually around the mouth or chin. Your doctor can give you certain medications that may help with the look of scarring.
- Liver/Kidney/Heart damage – A deep chemical peel could cause heart, liver, or kidney damage–especially if the procedure is done too quickly.
What do you do after a chemical peel?
There are numerous things you can do to help your face and skin properly heal after a chemical peel. Speak with your doctor for specific steps in helping achieve the best results from your procedure. Generally, you can help your face heal properly and fully by following these tips after your chemical peel:
- Be sure to protect your skin from sun exposure, especially right after the chemical peel
- Moisturize your skin diligently until your skin is totally healed
- Avoid touching your face–especially scratching or picking at scabbing
How long do chemical peels last?
A chemical peel can offer long-lasting results and improve the tone, look, and feel of your skin for years. However, your skin may still develop new wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, fine lines, or other damage over time after the chemical peel. Chemical peels can be repeated when needed in order to maintain the results. Ask your dermatologist for more information about how often a chemical peel can be repeated and for more tips on how to maintain your results as long as possible.
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How long does your skin peel after a chemical peel?
After your chemical peel, you’ll notice some redness and peeling. For about two weeks, your skin will continue to peel away, leaving healthier looking smoother, more even-toned skin. This peeling will eventually subside. Most patients only experience facial peeling for three to five days but could last up to a couple of weeks. While you’ll only need to worry about peeling short-term, you will likely notice the redness in your face for several months after your chemical peel. The redness will eventually fade away completely.
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If you are interested in chemical peels, visit Kendall Dermatology at our Kendall, Florida dermatology office. We offer a comprehensive range of skincare treatments, including the latest clinical and cosmetic dermatology procedures. Our office is home to skilled dermatologists and licensed estheticians. Contact our office by calling 305.595.0393 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment anytime.