Chemical peels are a facial treatment that will significantly improve the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers of skin. Chemical peels can improve skin that is blotchy, discolored, sun damaged or acne scarred. They are also a cost-effective way to improve the look and feel of your skin.
A chemical peel works as a resurfacing technique that removes the top layers of the skin by means of a chemical, as opposed to heat with a laser. The chemical is chosen based on the skin type and color of the patient as well as the skin problem being treated. Acne, aging, and discoloration are the usual indications for a chemical peel. New skin is laid down so that pores appear smaller, small lines are plumped up and seem to disappear, and acne and acne discoloration are improved.
Just about anyone is a candidate for a chemical peel. There are peels for everyone: lighter, less aggressive peels for darker skin suffering from acne or discoloration, and more aggressive peels for older skin with wrinkles and discolorations. The downtime can vary from no downtime to a week of peeling, similar to a bad sunburn.
Starting a good skincare regimen before a peel can improve your results. We recommend twice daily antioxidants, sunscreen in the morning and a retinoid in the evening. You should stop the retinoid one week prior to the peel and restart it one week after. Those with problems with melasma or hyperpigmentation should start a skin-lightening cream (hydroquinone) several weeks before a peel. Keeping the skin moist to avoid crusting and always avoiding the sun after peeling are good practices. These things will prevent redness, infection and hyperpigmentation (brown spots).