Is a Chemical Peel for Me?

November 29, 2017
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We get it. A chemical peel sounds scary, and some of us have even heard horror stories. Even the name is frightening! Why would anyone want to apply chemicals to their face? The truth is, we apply different kinds of chemicals to our face every day, some good for us, and many that aren’t. If you’ve ever wondered what a chemical peel is and if you should get one, we’ve got plenty of helpful facts in this article to help you decide.

A chemical peel is the process of removing the top layer of old skin so that new layers can grow in their place. This controlled removal ranges in strength, from superficial peels that use mild acids to deep peels that penetrate several layers of skin. Chemical peels can improve the skin’s appearance, as new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Chemical peels are a terrific non-surgical option for adults who are looking for younger, healthier looking skin. A chemical peel can help you to reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, improve the appearance of mild scars, treat certain types of acne, reduce age spots, freckles, and improve the look and feel of skin.

When you come in for your chemical peel, our aesthetician will first clean your skin thoroughly before applying one or more peel solutions. Our peels range glycolic acids to salicylic acid, lactic acids, and carbolic acid (phenol). Which one we use depends on your skin type, what you’re looking to achieve, and the level of which you’re hoping to achieve with the peel.

In general, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are often the best candidates for chemical peels. Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn can occur following the procedure. For most people, after a chemical peel, the new skin formed after a peel will be temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so we strongly recommend wearing sunscreen every day (which we always recommend to patients whether they have had a peel or not!).

Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Usmani, can help determine the whether a chemical peel is an ideal treatment for you, and if so, which kind you should have. To find out more, schedule an appointment at TruDerm today for a consultation by calling us at 561-847-4751.