Chemical Peel benefits: Tip of the Day 10-13-22
When it comes to skincare, sometimes the term "chemical" gets a bad rap sheet. The phrase “chemical peel” might sound harsh, but many are generally made using naturally-derived acids, antioxidants, and moisturizers. Experts say, chemical peels can do wonders for the health of your skin when used properly.
You may feel a stinging sensation when the peel is applied. Depending on the depth of the peel, your dermatologist may give you pain medicine.
A light chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness). Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say you might do a light peel every two to five weeks.
A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the outer epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). It's used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone.
A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper. Your doctor might recommend one for deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths. You won't need repeat procedures to get the full effect, and your recovery time will be longer. Researchers say deep peels should be avoided if you have heart disease.
Chemical peels are NOT recommended if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, have a compromised immune system, have a history of scarring overgrowth (keloids), if you have frequent or severe cold sore outbreaks, or if you've taken the oral acne medication isotretinoin (Myorisan, Claravis, others) in the past six months.
A chemical peel can’t treat deep wrinkles and deep scarring. It also won’t tighten loose skin or reverse sun damage. To determine whether a chemical peel is right for you, be sure to talk with your dermatologist.