What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim of this cosmetic procedure is to improve the appearance of the facial skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.
Why is it best?
- Your skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher looking
- A chemical peel reduces signs of sun damage, dull and uneven skin tone, scars, pigmentation, acne and enlarged pores
- Improves skin texture and condition by removing dead and damaged skin cells
- Your skin will be brighter and clearer as a chemical peel stimulates the growth of healthy skin cells and collagen production
- A skin peel penetrates the skin to smooth rough texture and discolouration
- There are a range of skin peels available designed to treat specific skin conditions and types
The professional who does your peel will first clean your skin thoroughly. Then she will apply one or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, or salicylic acid to small areas of your skin. That creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place.
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging. You may need pain medication during or after a deeper peel.
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until you get the look you’re after. You should avoid sun exposure after the chemical peel.