Chemical peels are a type of cosmetic treatment used to enhance skin’s appearance on the face, neck, or hands. Chemical peels can create a smooth, even complexion for people with a range of skin concerns. At Bay Dermatology in Tampa, we’re happy to offer chemical peels as a treatment option to our patients. Continue reading to learn more about how this treatment method may benefit your skin.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a facial treatment that uses acid to reach inner layers of the skin and slough off damaged skin cells. There are multiple types of chemical peels and your doctor will help you select the right one for your skin’s sensitivity level.
The main types of chemical peel are:
- Superficial Peel
This is the mildest type of chemical peel. Using an acid such as alpha-hydroxy acid, this peel reaches affects just the outer layer of skin for gentle exfoliation. It may be used to improve skin’s texture and reduce mild discoloration.
- Medium Peel
A medium chemical peel uses glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid. It reaches both the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. Medium chemical peels can treat wrinkles, fine lines, moderate discoloration, and rough skin texture.
- Deep Peel
A deep chemical peel reaches the middle layers of the skin. Using trichloroacetic acid or phenol, a deep chemical peel can be used for wrinkles, fine lines, mild scarring, and freckles. Deep peels show striking improvement to the appearance of the skin, but can only be done once due to its intensity.
What Can Chemical Peels Be Used For?
Chemical peels can be used for a variety of skin concerns, including:
- Signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots
- Scarring, including acne scars
- Sun damage and freckles
- Redness and uneven skin tone
What Can I Expect From a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are an in-office procedure. You’ll need to secure your hair away from your face, and your face will be cleaned. Your doctor will also provide eye protection to keep your eyes safe from the acid. Depending on the strength of the peel, your face may be numbed with a topical anesthetic. A regional anesthetic may also be used for deep peels, and you’ll likely be given an IV.
Recovery time depends on the type of chemical peel used. For a superficial and medium peels, the recovery time (which involves skin sensitivity and discoloration) lasts up to one week. For a medium peel, however, redness may linger for a few months. After a deep chemical peel, you’re skin will likely be very red and swollen. You may feel burning and/or throbbing. New skin cells will form after about two weeks, but redness may stay for many months after the peel.
Following a chemical peel, it’s essential to follow your doctor’s care instructions. Limit sun exposure and avoid makeup under you’re given permission to return to your normal beauty routine. You may use a fan or ice packs to relieve skin discomfort.
Contact Bay Dermatology in Tampa today to schedule an appointment and learn if chemical peels may be right for you.