Has sun damage, lifestyle choices, or aging caused your skin to look lackluster, dry, or dull? Perhaps you are unhappy with the appearance of lines and wrinkles, age spots, or acne scarring? If so, chemical peels can be a great solution to help you achieve the complexion you desire. At Pinnacle Dermatology & Skin Rejuvenation, you can trust that we have the right chemical peel for you!
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are performed to improve the overall appearance and feel of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, removing the topmost damaged layers to reveal healthy, radiant skin underneath.
Overall, chemical peels can be used to treat an array of skin conditions, including the following:
- Age spots.
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Skin dryness.
- Uneven skin tone and texture.
- Acne scarring.
- Sun damage.
There are also multiple different depths of chemical peels that can be used, including light, medium, and deep, depending on the amount of change desired.
Light Peels: These remove the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis) and focus on unclogging pores and increasing the cell turnover rate.
Medium Peels: These peels can begin to reach into the second deepest layer of the skin, known as the dermis. These produce more noticeable, longer-lasting results.
Deep Peels: These are the strongest form of peels and should only be performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.They produce the most drastic results, though have the longest period of downtime.
Who is a Good Candidate for Chemical Peels?
Individuals who would like to improve the appearance of sun damage, age spots, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles can often benefit from a chemical peel. However, you may not be a candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of keloid scarring, have taken isotretinoin in the past six months, or have severe breakouts of cold sores. A consultation appointment at our office is the most effective way to determine if this treatment is right for you.
The Chemical Peel Process
There are certain steps you may have to take in order to prepare for your chemical peel. This may include stopping certain medications such as Retin-A or glycolic acid. You may also be prescribed antibiotics or antiviral drugs, depending on your individual case.
During your peel, the treatment area will first be thoroughly cleansed. Then, the appropriate chemical solutions will be applied to the skin. Depending on the depth of your peel, you may experience a burning or stinging sensation that will last only as long as the chemical solution is on your skin. Then, conditional on the depth of your peel, the solution will either be neutralized and removed, or cool compresses will be placed on the peel to soak it up. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes to complete.
Chemical Peel Results
Overall recovery time will depend on the depth of your peel. Those who undergo a light-medium peel can expect a recovery time of 4-7 days. Those who receive a deep peel can expect about 7-10 days of recovery. Redness, swelling, and sensitivity of varying degrees may occur following your chemical peel. The skin typically peels as swelling decreases. Cold compresses can help with any discomfort or swelling you may experience. Be sure to follow the specific post-treatment instruction you are given to ensure the best possible results.
Once your skin has healed you can enjoy more radiant, evenly-toned, and youthful-looking skin! Light chemical peels may be repeated every 2-5 weeks, while deep peels can be received every 1-3 years.