What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel usually uses an acid or another chemical applied to the skin to loosen old, dull skin cells and peel them away. The choice of acid depends on how strong a peel your provider has recommended for you. The peel is applied to the skin and left on for a specified amount of time. During this time, the peel works on the layers of skin cells to release dull, damaged ones and bring more vibrant and healthy cells to the surface.
What Does a Chemical Peel Do?
Chemical peels come in three different strengths, and while all of them work by peeling away outer layers of skin, some perform a much more intensive peel than others.
Often containing salicylic or glycolic acids, these peels remove a superficial layer of skin so they do not cause significant peeling. They require little to no downtime, and most people can use them safely. These peels offer an excellent option for quick, easy skin rejuvenation.
This more intense peel may involve several weeks of redness, and your skin may temporarily develop discolored areas as it heals. Once the healing has finished, your level of renewal will look more noticeable than with a lighter peel.
A peel like this may require some form of sedation to keep you comfortable. Swelling afterward may last for several weeks, and redness can last for months. As a result, the skin, after healing, will look dramatically younger and more rejuvenated.