What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is an in-office rejuvenating procedure that utilizes a mixture of chemicals to create a controlled reaction to strip the upper most layer of your skin, or the epidermis. The stripping of the epidermal layer results in the emergence of new cell layers composed of regenerated skin. There are three different types of chemical peels that vary by depth, the superficial peel is the most mild and requires no recovery time, the moderate peel does result in some redness, and the deep peel does cause significant redness and peeling for about 1 week.
Chemical peels are an excellent option for treating facial discolorations that may have occurred from acne scarring or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, patches of uneven tones, melasma (typically for individuals with lighter complexions), and age spots or areas of hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels also improve your skin quality and help to smooth out scars and fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, it improves the appearance of excessively large pores.
- The superficial peel exfoliates the outermost epidermal layer and is sometimes referred to as the lunchtime peel because there is no downtime. This is used to target surface imperfections such as rough skin or mild discolorations.
- The moderate peel penetrates a little deeper and strips your skin of damaged skin cells. It is used to treat age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and skin discolorations. You will experience redness and peeling that typically resolves within a week.