How do Chemical Peels Work?

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Chemical peels offer treatment for many types of skin conditions. This type of treatment involves the use of a chemical solution to exfoliate your skin and cause it to gradually peel off. This process results in smoother skin that can enhance your appearance and reduce signs of aging.

Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peel types differ in terms of how deeply they penetrate your skin. Superficial or lunchtime chemical peels only affect the surface layer of your skin and involve the use of a mild chemical, such as alpha-hydroxy. Medium chemical peels, which involve the use of trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid, reach the middle layers of your skin. Deep chemical peels reach even deeper into the middle layer of your skin and involve the use of a stronger chemical, such as phenol.

Uses for Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have a number of uses for those with skin problems. Superficial chemical peels are often used for mild problems, such as slight discoloration, patches of rough skin and mild signs of aging. Medium chemical peels are used for wrinkles, age spots, crow’s feet and moderate signs of aging, as well as moderate discoloration and certain types of precancerous skin growths. Deep chemical peels are typically used for more pronounced fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, age spots and mild scarring. Chemical peels can also be used for acne scars and sagging skin.

Chemical peels offer a convenient, noninvasive way to improve your skin’s appearance. Since there are no injections or other invasive techniques used, there are no risks of infections, damage to surrounding tissue and excess bleeding.

Good Candidates for Chemical Peels

Those who make good candidates for chemical peels include people with lighter hair and skin since results tend to show up better. Those with darker skin and hair might not see noticeable results after treatment. Those who are not considered suitable candidates for chemical peels include people with infections, sunburns, broken skin, sores from Herpes simplex 1 and skin diseases. Chemical peels are also not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and those who have certain skin conditions, such as eczema. Those who have used Accutane in the past six months or Retin-A, Renova and other products that contain acidic ingredients in the past two days should not have chemical peels.

How Many Times for Chemical Peels

This depends on the type of chemical peel you get and why you’re having it done. Superficial or lunchtime chemical peels can usually be done every two to five weeks, as long as they heal properly, which can take up to seven days. Medium chemical peels, which can take up to 14 days to heal, can be repeated as well. The number of times you can repeat them and the amount of time to wait before having another one can vary. Keep in mind that deep chemical peels, which take up to 21 days to heal, can only be done once.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for chemical peels, please contact New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation to schedule a consultation. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 718.301.5955 to learn more.

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