A chemical peel is a dermatologic procedure designed to improve the overall health of your skin. It can not only reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it may even help to improve the appearance of mild scars. A chemical peel may also be used to treat specific types of acne or improve the signs of aging.
During your chemical peel, the dermatologists applies one or more chemical solutions to your skin. These chemicals may include glycolic, trichloroacetic, salicylic, lactic, or carbolic acid depending on your specific needs and skin type. As the chemical solution sits on your skin, it creates a very mild and controlled wound, which in turn stimulates the production of new skin cells. As a result, your skin looks and feels healthier following the treatment.
Following your chemical peel, you may experience sensations akin to a sunburn, and your skin may also turn red and scaly. This peeling lasts anywhere from three to seven days. Mild peels can be repeated once a month, but medium and deep peels should be limited to once or twice each year as recommended by your dermatologist.