How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels are dermatological treatments that leverage the skin cells’ regeneration process. Your skin care professional uses a chemical solution to carefully remove skin layers to resurface healthier and younger skin beneath. This offers many benefits for all skin types. This effective solution can brighten dull skin, which occurs for a wide range of reasons, including pollution, stress, age, and dehydration. Many clients opt for facial chemical peels, but your aesthetician can also use them on your neck or hands. By stimulating the shedding of outer skin layers, chemical peels promote the growth of new skin cells for a rejuvenated appearance.

Who Can Benefit from Chemical Peels?

One of the perks of chemical peels is that your aesthetician can tailor them to your skin type and needs, including if yours is sensitive. If you have a darker skin tone, your provider should make sure that the peel they plan to use does not risk causing hyperpigmentation, which could result in an uneven complexion.

Before getting a chemical peel, your dermatologist or aesthetician usually reviews your medical history, performs a physical examination, and may ask questions about your lifestyle, current medications, and your expectations.

Your provider may recommend an alternative treatment if you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have an open wound or sunburn in the treatment area
  • Have cancer or an auto-immune disease
  • Have taken Accutane (isotretinoin) in the last six months

Chemical peels can treat melasma, a pigmentation disorder, and can reduce the risk of skin cancer because of how they get rid of the top skin layers where most precancerous cells appear. Another benefit of this type of treatment is how your provider can combine it with other cosmetic procedures. Chemical peels also come in various depths depending on your dermatological needs and aesthetic goals.

Chemical peels can help:

  • Minimize fine lines around the eyes and the mouth
  • Reduce certain wrinkles, sunspots, dark patches, freckles, and mild scars
  • Soften your skin
  • Even your skin tone and improve discolored skin
  • Treat some types of acne

While they can treat many conditions, chemical peels do not tighten sagging skin or eliminate deep lines, wrinkles, or scars.

Chemical Peels Steps and Results

Your skin care provider will begin by cleaning the treated area before applying one or more chemical solutions to specific areas of your skin with a sponge. These substances are usually acidic such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. They help create a controlled wound to remove the top layers of your skin.

You may experience a burning or stinging sensation for a few minutes. The time your aesthetician leaves the solution on depends on the depth of the peel and how sensitive your skin is. They then wash the chemical solution off your skin before applying a cooling compress.

Depending on the depth of your chemical peel, your recovery may take from a few days up to two weeks.

In the days following your treatment, your skin may:

  • Feel dry, red, or tight
  • Get irritated
  • Swell

If you have an upcoming big event, you should schedule a chemical peel several weeks ahead of it to ensure that your skin has fully recovered. In the days and weeks following your appointment, make sure to properly cleanse and moisturize your skin. Be careful not to rub or scratch it. Since your skin will also be more sun-sensitive during this time, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 every day.

To schedule your appointment for a chemical peel, call Novopelle Med Spa today at (888) 429-7055 or fill out our online form!