What is it?
A chemical peel (also called chemoexfoliation) is a procedure wherein a chemical solution is applied to the skin to peel or exfoliate its damaged top layers. When the skin heals, the “new skin” grows back with an improved appearance and texture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this cosmetic procedure has an excellent safety record. Practitioners have been performing chemical peels for over half a century already.
During the pre-treatment consultation with your practitioner, be sure to disclose an accurate medical history, all the medication whether prescription or not, supplements, skin conditions you have or have had in the past, whether you easily scar, and all surgeries or aesthetic and cosmetic treatments you have had.
It really depends on the pain tolerance of the client, but generally, light and medium peels only cause some discomfort but do not cause pain.
Some clients report a slight tingling or mild burning sensation which subsides after the procedure.
Chemical peels are used to treat age spots, skin discoloration, melasma, freckles, fine lines, and sun-damaged skin. It is also effective in treating mild scarring and acne.
Results are visible once the skin heals. Healing time depends on what type of peel was done and what kind of peeling chemical was used.
Generally, chemical peels require very little downtime and you may resume your regular activities right after treatment. We strongly advise that you follow the post-session care and medication (i.e. lotions, moisturizers) advised by your practitioner and avoid rubbing or scratching your skin as it may lead to an infection. We also advise against the use of tanning beds as the same will prevent proper healing of the
Depending on the type of peel done, you may experience redness after the treatment and peeling in the next couple of days after the procedure.
Mild itching, irritation, and temporary darkening of the skin have also been reported as side effects