A chemical peel is used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin, and scars, usually on the face. Fine lines and wrinkles, signs of aging, are reduced - revealing youthful, healthier skin.
The peel involves a chemical solution applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back is smoother. With a light or medium peel, you may need to undergo the procedure more than once to get the desired results.
The 40% Glycolic Acid Peel is generally considered a medium peel. The depth of this peel is determined by the number of layers applied - and the skin’s tolerance. For new users, 1-3 layers are advised; 4-6 layers will result in a medium peel.
BENEFITS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL:
Make sure your healthcare provider is experienced, to ensure the best results and avoid complications.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Before the procedure, your doctor will clean your face, protect your hair, and cover your eyes with ointment, gauze, tape or goggles. Pain relief isn’t typically needed for a light chemical peel. If you’re having a medium peel, you might receive a sedative and painkiller.
Your doctor will use a brush, cotton ball, gauze, or sponge to apply a chemical solution typically containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid. The treated skin will begin to whiten. You might feel mild stinging while the chemical solution is on your skin. Your doctor will apply a neutralizing solution or wash to remove the chemical solution from the treated skin.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Afterward, your skin will be red, tight, irritated, or swollen. You must protect your skin from the sun, moisturize and apply protective ointments to your skin. Use ice packs for comfort. Over-the-counter pain-relieving medication may help reduce any discomfort.
With a chemical peel, you’ll improve skin texture and tone — and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles. While the results are subtle, they will increase with repeated treatments. You may want touch-ups over time, to help with new lines and skin color changes.