What Skin Issues Can You Improve Using a Chemical Peel?

Healthy and flawless skin significantly boosts your esteem and gives others a good impression of you. People with beautiful skin tend to stand out in a crowd and maybe be more confident. However, skin issues such as sunspots, scaly patches, acne, and fine wrinkles are undesirable and slightly alter your facial outlook. Fortunately, advancements in treatment methods have made it possible for you to achieve flawless skin. Such treatments include non-invasive procedures like chemical peels offered at Mind Body Infusion may help improve your skin appearance.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel or derma-peeling is a procedure where an exfoliating or chemical solution is applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of several skin issues, including:

  •         Fine wrinkles
  •         Acne
  •         Uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation)
  •         Scaly patches and rough skin
  •         Freckles, sun spots, and age spots

The chemical solution applied on the skin surface injures your skin and causes the skin layers to peel off, allowing smoother skin and form skin growth.

Types of chemical peels

A light chemical peel

A light chemical peel is used to remove the outermost layer of your skin (epidermis) using glycolic or salicylic acid. People with acne, fine wrinkles, rough skin, and hyperpigmentation may benefit from a light chemical peel. The application of these solutions involves the use of a cotton ball or gauze. The chemical solution may cause mild stinging on your skin during the process.  A cool compress may help alleviate the stinging sensations, after which your specialist applies a neutralizing solution to get rid of the chemical on your skin. The recovery period may range from hours to a few days, depending on the series done.

A medium chemical peel

A medium chemical peel is best for patients with fine to moderate wrinkles, age spots, and acne scarring. The chemical solution used contains trichloroacetic acid or a mixture with glycolic acid. Applying this solution on the skin peels off the epidermis and the upper part of your middle skin. You may experience a hot and stinging sensation that may last up to 20 minutes during the process. Fanning the skin or applying cool compresses helps in soothing the treated area. Patients require downtime after a medium chemical peel to facilitate healing which may last for a week or more.

A deep chemical peel

A deep chemical peel uses carbolic acid to remove the lower middle layer of your skin. This chemical peel produces the most dramatic results and is best for blotchy skin, deep acne scars, precancerous growths, and severe sun damage. Treatment is done at intervals to reduce your exposure to phenol. This is a one-time process and requires significant downtime. Intravenous fluid is administered before treatment to keep you unconscious. The entire process may last for an hour or more. A surgical dressing is used to cover the treated area until new skin begins to grow, which may take several weeks.

The results you will get depend on the type of chemical peel you had. A light chemical peel produces mild results compared to a deep chemical peel which offers dramatic results. If you have further questions on chemical peels, consult with your specialist at Mind Body Infusion today.

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