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What Is a Chemical Peel? Everything You Need to Know

Chemical peel

According to a recent study, chemical peels have been the most common and popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure since the 18th century. 

If you have acne, signs of aging, or scarring, a chemical peel may be what you need to get your skin looking and feeling younger and healthier. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about chemical peels performed by plastic surgeons like Dr Edmund Fisher. 

What Is A Chemical Peel? 

A chemical peel, or derma-peeling, is a cosmetic procedure in which a specific chemical solution is applied to the skin on your face. The solution causes the skin to exfoliate and peel off, revealing smoother, rejuvenated skin underneath. 

Essentially, a chemical peel removes the top layer of skin on your face to encourage new skin cell growth and reduce unwanted skin conditions and signs of aging. There are three variations of chemical peel that can be applied to your skin:

  • Light Chemical Peel: Lightly exfoliates and removes your skin’s epidermis (top) layer. It is designed to combat uneven skin, acne, light wrinkles, and dry skin. 
  • Medium Chemical Peel: Removes the topmost layer of your facial skin and the epidermis. It is stronger than a light chemical peel and is used to combat harsher cases of uneven skin, acne scars, and wrinkles.
  • Deep Chemical Peel: Removes the upper and middle layers of your face’s dermis and epidermis. A deep chemical peel combats deep-set wrinkles, scarring, and precancerous skin. This type of derma-peeling can reveal results that last up to ten years. 

A plastic surgeon can evaluate which of these three chemical peels would best suit you. 

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What Conditions Does a Chemical Peel Treat? 

If you are wondering if you would be a good candidate for a chemical peel, you need to assess whether you have any skin conditions that require this treatment. 

If you have wrinkles, acne or acne scarring, general scarring, fine lines under your eyes and mouth, uneven skin color, sun spots, melasma, or rough skin, a chemical peel could be a good choice.

What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels? 

Chemical peels offer several benefits for skin rejuvenation. Have a look below to learn more about their benefits: 

  • They can improve skin texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. 
  • They remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, creating a brighter complexion.
  • They help unclog pores and reduce acne breakouts. 
  • They can improve skin tone, diminish hyperpigmentation, and stimulate collagen production. This results in firmer, more youthful-looking skin with a healthy glow.

A chemical peel lasts longer than most superficial cosmetic procedures; however, it’s not permanent, and you must schedule repeated treatments for consistent results.

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Who Shouldn’t Undergo a Chemical Peel?

Your doctor may caution you against getting a chemical peel due to any of the following reasons:

  • Your family history contains keloids, a genetic problem where the overgrowth of scar tissue results in ridged areas.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You have been taking oral acne medication for the past six months.
  • You get extra coloring in your scars.
  • You experience outbreaks of cold sores frequently.
  • You are on medicine that induces skin sensitivity.
  • You cannot stay out of the sun during the healing period.

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Wrap-Up on Chemical Peels

Chemical peels dramatically change the health of your skin. If you are experiencing severe signs of acne, undergoing a chemical peel will leave you feeling much more confident.

Additionally, chemical peels are the perfect solution for promoting new skin cell growth and skin elasticity, which means they are also perfect for combating symptoms of aging. To learn more about chemical peels, if you’re a good candidate, and how they can help your skin, contact us at our practice to speak with Dr Edmund Fisher.

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