Chemical peels are a safe and effective way to reduce or eliminate the appearance of freckles. This cosmetic dermatological treatment uses specific acids to remove layers of skin, exposing the newer, undamaged skin beneath. It can also be used to treat precancerous areas, reduce wrinkles, and give an overall healthy glow. Laser therapy is another option for removing freckles, using pulses of intense light to target specific areas of the skin.
Both treatments have associated risks and side effects, such as swelling, itching, redness, and irritation. At Kearney's, we offer several chemical peels, such as RevePeel and the croton oil scrub. We also offer medium-strength TCA peels to reduce overpigmentation problems and reveal smoother skin. When the exfoliating agent is applied, you may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation.
We use a fan to help ease discomfort. The TCA exfoliating agent is left on the skin for a predetermined period of time before being washed off and a soothing ointment is applied. Medium or deep peels are usually used in very small amounts, such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or phenol peels. These acids are used in much higher concentrations than natural sources.
If you're looking for a more complete and permanent solution to your freckle problems, you can ask your dermatologist about chemical peel treatments. Chemical peels are generally safe but can cause several side effects, including pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. A person can expect to recover in about two weeks and see lasting results. It's important to take preventive measures to reduce the chances of freckles returning.
Your dermatology provider can help you discuss the potential pros and cons of both chemical peel and laser treatments.