Chemical peels are a popular cosmetic procedure that can help reduce the appearance of facial defects such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and even acne scars. But are they safe? The answer is yes, chemical peels are generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. However, there are certain precautions to take before undergoing a chemical peel treatment. A chemical peel is a procedure that uses a chemical solution to remove the outermost layers of the skin.
This reveals brighter, more supple skin underneath. It can be used to treat skin problems almost anywhere else on the body, such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars. However, it is important to note that a deep chemical peel uses carbolic acid (phenol), which can damage the heart muscle and cause the heart to beat irregularly. In addition, chemical peels can cause a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, such as an outbreak of the herpes virus, the virus that causes cold sores.
Therefore, it is important to contact a professional if you have incredibly sensitive skin, if you have skin allergies, if you are pregnant, or if you take medications. Dermatologists are trained to help evaluate if you are a good candidate for chemical peels or not. It is also important to note that exposure to sunlight could be harmful to your skin if you just received a chemical peel treatment. Therefore, getting a chemical peel during the fall or winter can help reduce the risk of UV damage to your skin.
In addition, a licensed dermatologist or esthetician will be able to tell you if a chemical peel is a good idea for your skin or not. To get the results you're looking for from a refreshing scrub or a lunchtime scrub, you may need 3 to 5 peels. Dermatologists have been performing chemical peels for more than 50 years, with an excellent safety record. Although these situations are rare, that's why it's important to rely only on your dermatologist or esthetician for chemical peel treatments. In conclusion, chemical peels are generally safe when administered by your dermatologist or esthetician.
They can help reduce fine lines, treat certain types of acne and sun damage, and reduce dark spots or age spots. However, it is important to take certain precautions before undergoing a chemical peel treatment.