Chemical peels have been used for over 100 years to create an even and controlled shedding of the skin. Peels can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, sun damaged skin and age spots. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and involves the application of a series of peeling agents to the skin to remove dead cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Most patients experience a mild to moderate hot sensation lasting 1 to 10 minutes depending on the depth of the peel. Depending on your skin problem and the desired results, a superficial, medium or deep peel will be recommended.
Light peels require little down time with minimal peeling from 2 to 7 days following the peel.
The medium to heavy peels require 7 days of hiding.
The procedure takes 5 to 60 minutes, depending on the depth of the peel.
Chemical peels can be performed safely on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Light peels can result in significant improvement of uneven pigmentation, acne, and leathery skin without hiding out. Usually 3 peels are recommended and done in a series (every 3-4 weeks).
The heavier peels require some down time but result in a deeper and more permanent result, especially with respect to wrinkles.
Most Common Side Effects
Peeling, temporary redness and brown pigmentation lasting usually 1 to 2 weeks for the heavier peels. Peels can rarely flare acne. Occasionally, cold sores can be triggered. This is easily treated with cold sore medication (acyclovir). Scarring is vary rare for heavy peels but has been reported.