What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peel is a procedure used in improving the skin on the face, neck and hands. A chemical solution is gently applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and ultimately peel off. The new, regenerated skin is smoother with less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also for the time being more sensitive to the sun.
There are three main types of chemical peels:
• Superficial or Lunchtime Peel – Alpha-hydroxyl acid or another mild acid is used to break through the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The procedure is used in improving the appearance of mild skin discolorations and rough skin as well as to revive the face, neck, chest or hands.
• Medium Peel – The procedure involves applying Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to eliminate damaged skin cells. The treatment is helpful in reducing the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. The treatment is also used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
• Deep Peel – Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to intensely penetrate the middle layer of skin to get rid of damaged skin cells. The treatment eliminates visible lines, spots that appear with age, freckles and acne scars. Patients will see a clear improvement in skin appearance. The treatment is used on the face and can only be done once.