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What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel renews the skin by removing the outermost dermal layer, revealing more youthful-looking skin. Chemical peels can rejuvenate skin on the face, lips, hands, and feet. A dermatologist may suggest a chemical peel to help reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars. Chemical peels are also an effective acne treatment.
Chemical Peel FAQs
Chemical peels rejuvenate the skin by removing controlled parts of the epidermis (the outermost skin layer). Stronger peels may also remove a small part of the dermis. The skin heals and reveals more youthful-looking skin or a more even skin tone.
There are three types of chemical peels that vary in how deeply they penetrate the skin:
- Outer-layer peels
- Medium peels
- Deep peels
The different types of chemical peels also use different types of acid to treat the skin. The type of chemical peel the dermatologist uses will depend on your skin type and desired results.
Chemical peels are a very effective way to renew healthy skin. There are many benefits of a chemical peel; dermatologist may use a chemical peel to:
- Treat fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduce the appearance of scars, age spots, freckles, and dark patches.
- Treat acne.
- Renew the look and feel of the skin.
Chemical peels performed by the board-certified dermatologist at the Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington are very safe. Infrequent risks include infection or scarring. Side effects include itching, redness, dryness, tightness, and peeling.
After your chemical peel, your face may be a little pink and puffy. You may wash your face with cold water or use an ice pack to soothe the redness or itchiness that may persist for a short time after your treatment. Your face may peel for about a week, but there is no need to avoid regular activities. If you go outdoors, wear sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
After a chemical peel, you will need to moisturize with a medium or thick moisturizer and drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated. It will be necessary to apply sunscreen with SPF30 or more when going outside because direct sun exposure after a peel can lead to more pronounced wrinkles and blemishes.
Your skin should stop peeling and feel normal after about 3-5 days. Chemical peels work slowly, and most patients need three to six peels at monthly intervals for maximum results.