What is a Chemical Peel?
A Chemical peel is a non-invasive technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels boost collagen and promotes the skin's natural defense, improving elasticity, tone, texture color, and some types of acne.
What to Expect After the Chemical Peel.
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to a sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within 3-7 days. Mild peels may be repeated at 1 to 4 week intervals until you get the look you are after.
Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling, heat, tightness to the skin, turn brown and peel off over a period of 7 to 14 days. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in 6 to 12 months, if necessary. Always avoid picking off the peeling skin to prevent any scarring to the new fresh skin.
After a chemical peel,the treated skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say "broad-spectrum" on the label, meaning it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physicial sunscreen at SPF 30. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM and wear a wide-brimmed hat.