There are several different types of chemical peels to choose from, each with a different strength and set of outcomes. Your dermatologist assesses the condition of your skin and suggest the approach that is right for your needs.
Also known as a “lunchtime” chemical peel, this treatment uses a mild acid, like alpha hydroxy, to gently exfoliate the outer layer of your skin. A superficial peel can create a refreshed appearance and can address mild discoloration and rough skin texture.
This treatment option uses a stronger acid, usually a glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. The solution can permeate into the middle layers of your skin, removing damaged cells and improving the appearance of age spots, freckles, fine lines, and moderate discoloration.
This powerful treatment makes use of a potent phenol or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate deep into the middle layers of your skin. A deep peel facilitates a dramatic improvement in the appearance of moderate lines, freckles, age spots, and even scars.
Chemical peels can yield impressive results and are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the nation. Chemical peels of varying strength can efficiently treat numerous skin conditions, including:
The answer depends on the type of peel and how your skin responds to the treatment. Your dermatologist advises you on the best way to care for your skin after a chemical peel, and adhering to those instructions improves the healing process.
Your skin may be red following the treatment but heals over a period of 1-7 days. You may even be able to wear makeup the day after your peel.
After the treatment, expect red and swollen skin that may worsen over the first couple of days. In 7-14 days, your skin develops a crust and begins sloughing off. Your dermatologist may prescribe an antiviral medication, and you need to soak your skin and use an ointment for the first couple of weeks.
Healing takes between 14-21 days. During that time, you need to soak your skin and use ointment multiple times each day, and take antiviral medication for the first couple of weeks. Special moisturizer is used during the latter portion of the healing process.
To find out if chemical peels are a good option for your skin, schedule an appointment with Coastal Family Dermatology today.
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