Chemical peels are corrective skin treatments meant to remove the top layers of damaged skin. While many people suffer from skin damage due to aging, the environment, or other reasons, they still have healthy and undamaged skin layers beneath that damage. The chemical peel allows the fresh new layer of skin to be revealed.
Chemical peel ingredients can be different depending on the skin issue being treated. Glycolic acid is one of the most common ingredients in chemical peels. This type of acid has small molecules that penetrate the skin quickly and effectively. Glycolic acid is very effective in treating issues like fine lines and pigmentation problems. Other kinds of acids are often used in peels as well. For example, salicylic acid is a very effective ingredient in chemical peels designed to address acne. Other chemical peel acids include lactic acid and trichloroacetic acid.
Chemical peels are extremely beneficial for people with a variety of skin issues. Pigmentation problems, large pores, acne scarring, and sun damage can all be greatly reduced or removed with chemical peels. Many people find that they have a more youthful and refreshed appearance after a chemical peel since the new skin is unlined and undamaged.
It depends on the specific chemical peel. The lighter peels have only several days of peeling time in many cases. The stronger peels may require around one week of peeling time, and the deepest type of chemical peels may need around two weeks of peeling time. Most patients have a lighter peel for their first peel. This allows the doctor to establish the patient's specific tolerance level for peels, and will help in planning any future treatments if necessary.
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