Chemical peels are a popular skin treatment used to improve the appearance of skin. They can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as discoloration, acne, and precancerous growths. A board-certified dermatologist or dermatological surgeon can perform chemical peels safely and effectively. During the procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to blister and eventually detach.
This leaves new skin that is softer and less wrinkled than old skin. Chemical peels can also reduce the risk of certain types of skin cancer. The results of a chemical peel can vary depending on the experience of the person performing the peel. It is important to choose a doctor with knowledge of the skin and procedure of a dermatologist or dermatological surgeon.
If done incorrectly, a chemical peel can cause complications, such as infection and permanent scarring. Chemical peels can be customized to fit any skin type, including sensitive skin, making the procedure safe for most people. During a light peel, a cotton ball, gauze, or brush will be used to apply a chemical solution, such as salicylic acid, to the area being treated. A neutral paste may be applied to the areas around the eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent chemical exfoliating solution from building up in those areas.
During a medium chemical peel, your doctor will use a gauze pad, a special sponge, or a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the chemical solution to your face. While chemical peels are mostly used on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin of the neck and hands. After choosing a licensed plastic surgeon or dermatologist, the first step is to schedule a pre-procedure consultation to discuss the reasons you want a chemical peel and treatment expectations. Sun exposure and smoking should be avoided after a chemical peel, as they can cause unwanted side effects, such as infection and scarring. Recommendations such as routine cleansing, moisturizing, and minimizing sun exposure will help prolong chemical peel results. Chemical peels are an effective treatment for many skin conditions and can improve the appearance of skin.
It is important to choose an experienced doctor who is knowledgeable about the procedure and its potential risks.