Don’t let the name scare you. Chemical peels are actually safe and effective cosmetic treatments that can benefit the skin in many ways. A chemical peel removes the top layer of skin to reveal smoother, healthier skin below. Chemical peels are one of the quickest cosmetic treatments that can produce real results. Skin resurfacing with a chemical peel is one of the best lunchtime cosmetic procedures around. At Schweiger Dermatology, we employ the use of three different types of chemical peels: Jessner’s Peel, Gylcolic Acid Peel and Salicylic Acid Peel. We will customize the chemical peel depending on your skin type, desired outcome and lifestyle.
How Chemical Peels work
In each peel, a chemical agent is used to remove the top layer of skin and give a jumpstart to your skin’s natural collagen remodeling process. Prior to the application of the chemical agent, the skin is cleansed and a scrub is applied to remove the outermost layer of the dermis (stratum corneum). Once the chemical solution is applied, it’s left on the skin for about 1-10 minutes. During a peel, the skin is “destroyed” in a controlled and safe way so that newer, healthier skin can grow back to replace it.
Best Treatment Areas for Chemical Peels
A chemical peel has the ability to remove any residual red or brown spots left behind from the sun or acne. Chemical peels are also effective and non-invasive ways to rejuvenate the skin and turn back the clock. A chemical peel can also boost collagen production, which will help rejuvenate the skin and deliver younger and healthier skin.
Chemical peels can be an effective treatment at targeting many skin conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Active acne lesions
- Sun damage
- Pigmentation issues
- Fine lines.
Chemical Peel Side Effects
It’s best to speak with your provider about the possible side effects associated with a chemical peel. The most common risks of a chemical peel include:
- Crusting of the skin
- Increased photosensitivity
- Redness (it should be noted that some redness is expected after a chemical peel)
- Scarring of the skin
- Pigmentation changes
Chemical peels are generally a low-risk treatment that has many benefits and can rejuvenate the skin without surgery.
Ready to rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel? Book an appointment now with one or our skilled cosmetic dermatologists or physician assistants.