A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve the appearance of facial skin. Many skin problems are associated with or exacerbated by an excessive build of dead skin cells. Chemical peels can reduce or remove this build up and unclog pores.
Chemical peels are often used to treat ageing skin and acne. They can also help to reduce sun damage and hyper pigmentation.
How chemical peels work
Chemical peels employ the use of a chemical agent to remove the superficial layers of skin. This allows for the removal of dead skin cells and the unclogging of pores.
Wrinkles and age spots can also be alleviated by chemical peels, as the treatment stimulates the re-growth of new skin cells. The top layers of skin are peeled away by chemical peel treatments, ensuring new and smoother skin is exposed in its place.
This non surgical treatment typically takes less than an hour and should be carried out by a cosmetic surgery nurse or doctor. Chemical peels are sometimes combined with medical microdermabrasion treatments, which can be performed on the same day and help to treat a number of related skin problems.
Depending on the strength of the chemical solution used in the peel, skin should begin shedding within a few days and results are often immediately apparent, or visible within a week to 10 days.
There are a variety of different chemical skin peel treatments, including the obagi blue peel and the agera skin peel.
Aftercare following chemical peels
As chemical peels essentially expose fresh skin, extra protection is needed in the months following the procedure. Frequent applications of moisturiser are recommended, while sunscreen is essential for at least three months following a chemical peel.
Different types of chemical peel use different strengths of acid or chemical compounds, which means that the recovery time can vary. A course of treatment can be recommended for chemical peels - these typically take place at 6 to 8 week intervals and can be repeated until the desired result is achieved.