What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a face mask that utilizes a specialized chemical solution in order to remove layers of skin to improve your skin’s overall appearance, and there are many different types of chemicals peels that provide various levels of results.
The different types of chemical peels include superficial peels, medium, and deep; each type goes through different layers of skin. A superficial peel simply removes the top most layers of dead skin cells. A medium peel uses a stronger chemical solution, typically with glycolic acid, in order to penetrate into the middle layers of skin. Deep peels also penetrate into the middle layer of skin but typically further than a medium peel, and cannot be done often.
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
According to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, chemical peels are beneficial for the following uses:
- Acne Scars
- Aging Skin
- Crow’s Feet
- Sun Damaged Skin
- Sagging Skin
Chemical peels remove old and damaged skin, allowing new skin to come to the surface and take it’s place. This is why it can help remove light scarring and help provide a more youthful appearance. But, not everyone is a good candidate for a chemical peel. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid them, as well as individuals with various skin conditions or have recently used Accutane or Retin-A.
What is the aftercare?
After a chemical peel, you should apply soothing moisturizers, and also make sure to wear sunscreen whenever you are outside for up to two weeks. If you have a medium or deep peel, avoid makeup for over a week, if not longer, to allow your skin time to heal and breathe.