A chemical skin peel is a treatment that offers one of the most powerful ways to change the texture of your skin. It involves the application of highly specialized acids and/or enzymes that remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells causing superficial peeling and exfoliation. After the dead skin cells are removed, the skin begins to rejuvenate to reveal more glowing, youthful skin. Chemical peels can be extremely beneficial if you have hyper-pigmentation, acne, sun damage, photo-aging, or Rosacea.
The benefits of a chemical peel include:
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimization of pore size
- Decrease or elimination of hyper-pigmentation
- Reducation of acne flare-ups
- Skin cell renewal
- Improvement in overall texture and tone of the skin
A chemical peel changes the skin texture and creates a healthy, smooth and more vibrant appearance. This is an ideal procedure to undergo when you can avoid direct sun exposure for 1 to 2 weeks following the chemical peel. “Downtime” following a chemical peel varies depending on the type and depth of the peel.
Types of Chemical Peels:
- Light Peels remove only the outer layer of the skin with minimal visible peeling and essentially no downtime. Light peels can be done as a “Progressive Peel” with an application once a month or even as often as once a week.
- Mid-depth Peels are deeper than a light peel and cause redness immediately after the peel lasting for 3 – 5 days. Skin peeling/exfoliation typically start in 2 -3 days after the peel and may last up to a week.
- Deep Peels reach the deepest intra-dermal layers of the skin. The skin typically becomes brown and crusted 3 – 4 days after application and then begins to peel in large segments at 7 – 10 days.
Although chemical peels are typically performed on the face, they can also be done on the feet to get rid of thick calluses and ashy heels to restore a healthy pink glow to the bottom of the feet.