Skin Care

Are Chemical Peels Good for the Skin?

What is a Chemical Peel?

“Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, hands, and neck. They’re used to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. During this procedure, chemical solutions will be applied to the area being treated, which causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. “

Ana Gotter and medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN Healthline.com



The Different Types of Chemical Peels
There are 3 different types of chemical peels. The 3 types vary between the degree of potency and penetration in the skin.

  • Light (Superficial) Peels – This peel is considered the “superficial” peel because it focuses on the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis). The peel consists mostly of alpha-hydroxy acid which is milder on the skin.
  • Medium Peels – More effective than the previous method for the exfoliation of the skin. Medium peels penetrate into the middle layer of the skin (the dermis). The peel uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid.
  • Deep Peels – This peel uses phenol or tricholoracetic acid. Deep Peels fully penetrate the middle layer of skin resulting in a fuller removal of dead skin cells

The Cost of a Chemical Peel
The price for the cosmetic procedure can vary between different specialists and the type of peel you are having done. The overall cost can span broadly from a low-end superficial at $150 to a high-end deep peel costing up to $3000.

Light peels can be repeated as soon as 4 weeks from the initial peel. It is common to return for multiple peels to get the results you are looking for from your chemical peel. Medium peels, on the other hand, should be at least 6 months to a year apart from one another. This is something to take into consideration given the cost of the procedure.

Speak with your physician or esthetician about what option would be the most effective for your skin and your desired outcome.

The Benefits of Chemical Peels
In addition to improving the look and appearance of skin, chemical peels are often used to treat numerous skin conditions. This includes but is not limited to.

  • Potentially treating hyperpigmentation and melasma by removing damaged and discolored skin cells.
  • Increasing skin turnover to reverse the effects of sun damage.
  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and acne scars.

Potential Side Effects of Chemical Peels
As with every cosmetic procedure there are always factors to take into consideration and be mindful of.

Post Procedure – Skin irritation similar to that of sunburn (redness and scaling) is very common in the first 14 days post procedure. The duration you experience the initial side effects can vary due to the type of peel you have done. Some people experience swelling of the face and eyelids (depending on what area(s) of the face have been treated). During this time it is important that you keep in contact with the specialist who preformed the procedure to make sure whatever side effects you do experience are normal.

For more information about Chemical Peels, the different types available, maintenance and potential risk factors, check out “What You Should Know About Chemical Peels” from Healthline.com.

Would you have do a chemical peel? If so, what type would you have done? Leave a comment down below!



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