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Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

chemical peels at elhosn eye and aestheticsSun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.

You can improve:
  • Acne or acne scars
  • Age and liver spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Irregular skin pigmentation
  • Rough skin and scaly patches
  • Scars
  • Sun-damaged skin

How does a chemical peel work?

Chemical solutions are carefully applied to your skin to improve the texture by removing damaged outer layers. The chemicals used are phenol, trichloroacetic acid and alphahydroxy acids. Each one has a different purpose. The formula used by your doctor will be adjusted to meet your particular needs.

Light chemical peel

Subtle improvements at first, but that healthy glow will increase with more treatments

If you have uneven pigment, dryness, acne or fine wrinkling, a light chemical peel might be the right choice. This kind of peel removes just the outer layer of skin (epidermis) in a light exfoliation and results in a healthier glow. Your healthcare provider will use a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and maleic acid. All of these chemicals are the mildest choices. You can repeat these treatments weekly for up to six weeks to achieve your desired results.

Here’s how it works:
  • Your face will be cleansed
  • The chemical solution is brushed onto your skin and left for up to 10 minutes. You may feel some mild stinging
  • The chemical peel is then washed off and neutralized

Return once or twice a month to maintain your vibrant new look.

Medium chemical peel

Your skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher-looking

Acne scars, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin color can all be treated with a medium chemical peel. The chemicals used for this type of peel will remove skin cells from both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). Your healthcare provider will use trichloroacetic acid, sometimes used in combination with glycolic acid.

Here’s how it works:
  • Your face will be cleansed
  • The chemical solution is brushed onto your skin and left for just a few minutes. You may feel some burning or stinging
  • The treated area may turn a whitish grey color
  • The chemicals are neutralized with cool saline compresses
  • Your skin may turn red or brown in the days just after the peel. It may take up to two weeks for your skin to look normal

You may repeat a medium chemical peel every 1 to 2 months to maintain your glowing new skin.