Chemical peel treatment is used to resurface the skin by applying a chemical solution that removes the damaged top layers of the skin. New skin tissue regenerates underneath by peeling off the top layers. As a result, you will have a smoother and improved appearance.
Chemical peels are classified as light, medium or deep according to the solution used and the layer of skin the solution penetrates.
You can use chemical peel solutions to address numerous problems such as discoloration, scars, light wrinkles, and fine lines. Although it is typically applied to the face, it can also be used on the hands, neck, and other parts.
Ideal applicants for chemical peel treatment may include:
Generally, individuals who are fair-skinned and light-haired are better candidates for chemical peels. But you may also have good results if you have darker skin, depending on the type of problem you want to address. However, you may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
- Individuals who want to treat their fine lines and wrinkles.
- Individuals with sun damage.
- Individuals with skin discolouration or melasma.
- Individuals with acne or acne scars.
- Individuals with irregular skin pigmentation.
- Individuals with precancerous growths.
- Individuals with lighter scars.
What Are the Different Types of Chemical Peels Solutions?
Light Chemical Peel
A light or superficial chemical peel removes the uppermost layer of skin (epidermis). It addresses fine wrinkles, acne, dryness, and uneven skin discolouration.
You might have a light peel every two to five weeks.
Medium Chemical Peel
A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). It treats slightly deeper wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin discolouration. You might need to repeat the procedure to achieve your desired result.
Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even more profound; the epidermis and the mid to lower dermis layers. It treats deeper and coarse wrinkles, blotchiness, acne scars, skin discolouration, sun-damaged skin, or precancerous growths. You do not need to repeat procedures to get the full effect.
Note: Chemical peels cannot tighten sagging skin or remove deep scars or wrinkles.
Potential Risks and Side Effects:
A chemical peel can cause different side effects, such as:
- Redness, scabbing and swelling
- Changes in skin colour
- Heart, kidney or liver damage
A chemical peel is not suitable for everyone. Your doctor might warn against a chemical peel or certain types of chemical peel solutions if:
- You have taken the oral acne medication isotretinoin (Myorisan, Claravis, others) in the past six months.
- You have a personal or family history of ridged areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue (keloids).
- You are pregnant
- You have frequent or severe outbreaks of cold sores.