Chemical peels are not a foreign concept; they have been around for a long time and the term is a common one. It is a viable option for the treatment of many skin issues. If you are wondering whether you should consider it and are looking for more information, then here are some basics.

How It Works

A chemical peel works much as it sounds; a chemical solution is applied to the skin—often the face—and then the skin reacts and is peeled. Prior to this, a medical professional cleanses the skin thoroughly to avoid any problems caused by layers of dirt and oil. Then, the solution, made of an acidic chemical, is used. Basically, the skin becomes much like a mild wound. The outer layer of skin is thus easy to remove, and new, healthy skin can then develop over the underlying layer.

There are limits to what this process can treat. It is really meant to help topical skin issues, such as:

  • Sun, age, and dark spots.
  • Fine wrinkles.
  • Mild scars.
  • Acne.

Chemical peels are not suitable for more obvious skin-related aging signs. It does not treat excess fat or skin, or anything that lies well below the outer layers of skin.

What It Does

During the procedure, many may feel mild discomfort in the form of a burning or stinging sensation. Cool air will be applied to the treated area to soothe this sensation. Post-procedure skin care will be discussed. Most who choose the procedure for the right reasons feel the process helpful.

face is the most common site treated by a chemical peel. However, it can work in other areas, too. Certain types of skin may also fair better, such as fair skin. The procedure does not require a hospital; it can be done in outpatient care.

A chemical peel may be useful, but it’s best to discuss the option with a professional and make sure it’s right for you. Contact us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser. We’ll go through everything with you and help you decide the best treatment for your skin.