What Is A Chemical Peel?
Chemical peeling treatment is performed by licensed skincare professionals. It involves the application of a chemical solution on the face or to certain regions of the face, hands or neck. The applied chemical solution causes the skin to exfoliate so that the dry old skin eventually peels off. The new skin which forms beneath is usually smoother and less wrinkled as compared to the old skin.
Chemical peels can help improve sun damaged skin. After the procedure, the skin becomes vulnerable to damage from the sun. You will advise you to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. You should also limit your time out in the sun to avoid sunburn.
When to Consider Chemical Peels?
You should consider this option, if you have:
- Skin discolorations, brown spots or blotchiness
- Sun damaged skin
- Scars and wrinkled skin
- Fine lines
Am I The Right Candidate for Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired individuals are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. However, you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
The procedure is not recommended for individuals having cut or broken skin, suffering from a skin infection, sunburns or has an active skin disease. If you have the following conditions.
- Pregnant or nursing a baby
- Have eczema, rosacea, psoriasis or dermatitis
- Have taken Accutane in the last few months
- Using skin lightening agents, products that contain ascorbic acid or acid based products
Are Chemical Peels Painful?
While undergoing the procedure, you will just feel a stingy sensation which does not cause a great deal of pain.