What Is A Chemical Peel?

When it comes to skin care, chemical peels are known to be very beneficial for achieving radiant, clear skin. A chemical peel is a skin-friendly procedure that should be performed by a medical professional for optimal results. But what exactly is a chemical peel, and how does it rejuvenate the skin.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a skin exfoliation treatment that removes dull, dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This process increases cellular turnover and also initiates collagen remodeling, resulting in fresher, healthier skin that looks more radiant.

There are 3 types of chemical peels – light, medium, and deep – and they each tackle different concerns and have different recovery times.

Chemical peels are particularly effective for wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rough skin texture, uneven skin tone, and acne scars.

How chemical peels work

A chemical solution is applied to the skin, and the acid causes a reaction that dissolves the outer layers of dead skin cells.

Light peels are normally performed with glycolic acid or salicylic acid, whereas trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is typically used for medium peels. TCA may also be used for deep peels, but at a higher strength.

What to expect after a chemical peel

Light peels cause little visual peeling but the skin starts to peel about 48 hours after a deep peel, and the process can take up to 5 days. During this time patients are advised to use sunscreen and minimize sun exposure. It is also important to keep the skin hydrated with a gentle moisturizer (click here to learn more).

Are you interested in getting a chemical peel?

If you are in the greater Orange County, CA area, contact Board-Certified plastic surgeon Tenley K. Lawton M.D. in Newport Beach for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Lawton at www.lawtonmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-5061.

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