Chemical Peels FAQ's
Saturday, March 27, 2021
You have probably heard of them and maybe you’re curious about what chemical peels are and if they are good for your skin. Here are a few FAQs and answers to help you.
Q: What are chemical peels?
A: A chemical peel is a treatment to improve the look of your facial skin. A chemical is applied to the skin and allowed to soak in. Over the next 1 to 14 days, depending on how deep the chemical soaks into the skin, the skin peels off. This process destroys parts of the skin in a controlled way so that new skin can grow in its place. Peels can leave your skin smoother, brighter and healthier, but you should consider side effects, which can be short-term or in extreme cases, permanent.
Q. Do chemical peels work the same for people with any skin tone?
A. No, chemical peels work differently depending on your skin tone and hair color. Typically, people with fair skin and light hair get the best results. If you have a darker color to your skin, a peel could result in a discoloration that might last a while.
Q: Can chemical peels be done for anyone?
A: No, if you have an infection or active skin disease, are pregnant or nursing, are sunburned, have a cut on your face or have used acne treatments recently, you probably shouldn’t get a peel.
Q: What’s the difference between superficial, medium-depth and deep peels?
A: Each kind of chemical peel removes the top layers of your skin to different depths, which lets smooth skin grow back. A deep peel uses the strongest acids to make dramatic improvements to your skin, while superficial peels use milder acids to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin.
Q: For those with a blotchy complexion or bumps on the face, which peels works best?
A: Superficial peels work best for blotchy or bumpy skin. The superficial peel doesn’t take long, and your skin recovers quickly. You should avoid sun for several days though.
Q: Do chemical peels hurt?
A: Yes, the peels can hurt. Whether you experience pain and how much depends on several factors, like what type of peel and if you have sensitive skin. You might feel a stinging sensation even with a superficial peel, but it typically doesn’t last long. With a deeper peel, the pain might be more noticeable and can last longer. Your doctor can give you instructions on things you can do to deal with the pain if you need them.
Q: What are some side effects of chemical peels?
A: The most common side effects of superficial and medium peels are crusting of the skin, redness, swelling and irritation. These can last for a few days. There can be more serious side effects of the deeper peels, so be sure to do your research and speak with your dermatologist or other healthcare provider before you have one.
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