Chemical Skin Peeling Treatments: Yes or No?

The texture and appearance of someone’s skin is something that we notice almost immediately. It is the first thing that we see and it shapes how we see everything else about a person. The firmness and smoothness of a person’s skin can affect how their other features appear. To improve the health and look of one’s skin, many people have turned to chemical skin peeling treatments.


Why Skin Peeling Treatments?

Skin peeling treatments are used for a variety of cosmetic and dermatological reasons. It improves the look of skin that has had sun damage, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and makes scars and skin sagging less noticeable. The type of chemical peel chosen will likely be determined by the severity of skin damage that is hoped to be reversed or lessened.




Types of Skin Peels

A superficial peel typically involves a mild acid and only deals with the first layer of skin. This type of peel will make your face, neck and/or hands feel refreshed and soft. Superficial peels can fade slight discolorations in the skin and helps to remove any rough skin in the area by causing the skin to exfoliate and shed.

A medium or moderate peel penetrates not only the top layer of skin, but also the middle layer as well. This allows for greater effects but require stronger chemicals for deep penetration. Medium peels are used to fade age and sun damage spots, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of freckles. This type of skin peel is occasionally used as a treatment for certain precancerous skin growths.

Deep peels, as you can imagine, deeply effects and alters the middle layer of the skin by removing damaged cells and leaving skin looking healthy and rejuvenated. This peel yields very dramatic results. However, this particular skin peel can only be done on the face and can only be performed once.




What to Expect from Chemical Skin Peeling Treatments

While some mild burning, itching, and discomfort is to be expected when removing several layers of skin cells, most people do not describe chemical peels as painful. As the skin begins to adjust to the presence of the chemicals and the removal of damaged cells, these effects will decrease. The stronger the chemical peel, the more severe the side effects are likely to be. Stinging and swelling have been reported after deep peels. Certain ointments and creams can be used to ease discomfort and your physician may be able to prescribe medications to manage side effects.

If you are considering getting a chemical skin peel, it is crucial that you consult a physician to make sure a chemical skin treatment is the right choice for your skin. If you are hesitant because you are unsure of the level of discomfort you will experience, make sure to ask for the most gentle option available and perhaps work your way up. Begin with a superficial peel and see what kind of effects you see in the health and appearance of your skin. The important thing is that you are happy with how your skin looks.