If you are big on skincare and are always updated on current skincare trends and treatment, you’ve probably heard about ‘chemical peels.’
As the name quite gives it away, it is a technique that involves using different kinds of chemicals on the skin mainly for exfoliation, after which the ‘old’ skin eventually peels off, revealing a new layer of skin. Although treatments like skin fillers and botox are currently taking over the world of skincare, chemical peels are probably here to stay for good.
For those who may not know a lot about chemical peels, here are a few basics that will help you understand why this particular skin treatment is still going so strong.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
Simply put, it is a chemical-based technique that involves the use of a chemical product or solution which is applied on the face, neck, and even your hands. The main purpose of this treatment is to exfoliate the skin and thoroughly improve its texture and appearance.
The chemicals used help the skin to peel off in order to reveal a new, regenerated layer of skin. The new skin is considerably smoother, softer, and less wrinkled than before.
Chemical peels help treat a number of skin issues, such as:
- Uneven skin tone
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sun damage
- Acne scarring
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three main types of chemical peels that you can get, each serving a different purpose. These are:
This is the mildest type of chemical peel that only penetrates the outermost layer of the skin. It ensures gentle exfoliation and caters to mild discoloration on the skin. You can get a superficial chemical peel to refresh your neck, face, and hands.
This chemical peel aims to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin in order to help remove all the damaged skin cells. Medium peel caters to skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and mild discoloration.
As the name suggests, a deep chemical peel completely penetrates the middle layer of the skin and greatly helps remove dead and damaged skin cells.
Results and Effects of Chemical Peels
Each type of chemical peel offers different kinds of effects, so the result entirely depends on the type of peel that you get done.
For instance, light chemical peels may result in temporary discoloration, and the recovery time is between 4-7 days. The duration for medium peel is 5-7 days, and your skin is likely to swell and become blotchy before the new skin is revealed. Lastly, a deep chemical peel can cause extreme redness, swelling, and a burning sensation before the new skin is fully recovered.
These are just the basics of chemical peels, and there’s so much more that you need to know about this skin treatment. From treatment costs and preparing the skin to post treatment-care. You need to talk to a skin care specialist before you decide to go for a skin chemical peel.