Should you get a chemical peel?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2022
Chemical peels have been in use for thousands of years – in one form or another, they have been used as far back as ancient Egypt. And for good reason! Chemical peels are a very effective way to treat many different skin blemishes and to give skin a younger, refreshed look. Read on so that you can decide for yourself if you would like to get a chemical peel!
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels have been used for centuries, but they have really become popular in the past 30 years or so. In this noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes layers of dead skin cells to peel off.
When new skin cells start to grow to replace the skin that has sloughed off, it creates new, smooth skin. It can help with skin issues such as acne and acne scars, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, scaly patches, and even precancerous lesions. It also leaves you with glowing, smooth, refreshed looking skin.
Depending on the results you would like to see, there are different kinds of peels that are used. There is a light peel, which only affects the upper layer of the skin; a medium peel, which exfoliates the middle layer of the skin; and a deep peel, which fully reaches into the middle layer of the skin and removes the most skin. Deep peels are used for very serious issues such as cystic acne scarring.
During the peel (which can take 30 to 90 minutes depending on what kind of peel you get), you might feel a bit of stinging. After a peel, your skin will feel irritated and look dry and red. You should stay out of the sun as much as possible. Your recovery time will vary depending on the type of peel you got – a light peel doesn’t require any downtime, whereas a deep peel will leave you sensitive for a few days and possibly red for a few months.
Are you considering a chemical peel? Contact Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Teaneck, New Jersey. Call for an appointment at 201-836-9696 today!
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