Chemical peels use a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. The acid works to dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production to reveal smoother, brighter skin. Glycolic peels can improve uneven texture, sunspots and pigmentation problems, superficial blemishes, wrinkles, acne, and uneven dryness. The procedure typically takes about 10-15 minutes.
All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk, but is normally a safe procedure when performed by a qualified, experienced physician. Common side-effects include temporary flaking or scaling, redness, or dryness. These usually disappear as the skin adjusts. Strong sunscreen is a definite must, as the skin will be slightly sensitive afterwards.
- Rough, dry skin
- Surface wrinkles and fine lines
Things to watch out for with chemical peels:
- May cause stinging or irritation
- Commonly, flaking, redness, and dryness occurs but resolves quickly
- Repeated treatments may be required for optimal results