Chemical Peel Treatment
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to skin to peel away the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking.
Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration and scars — typically on the face. A chemical peel can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures.
Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
Chemicals in a Chemical Peel
The chemicals used in chemical peels are primarily phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid (bha) and alphahydroxy acids (the most common and simple: glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, mandelic acid). Each one has a different purpose for light, medium or deep chemical peels.
Chemical Peel Brands
Obagi Blue Peel
Chemical Peel Pre & Post-Treatment Reccomendations
- Do not shave the area being treated 2 days prior to the peel
- Do not resume shaving until shedding has commenced
- Stop using Retin A or similar chemical exfoliators 3 days before peel
- Use sun protection at all times when you are performing chemical peels
- Never pull at or pull the shedding skin if it is still firmly attached
- Do not scratch at your skin after the peel or during the shedding process
- Do not indoor tan or sunless tanning products while performing a series of peel
- Notify & check with the physician if you are pregnant or nursing
- Notify the doctor if you are experiencing severe swelling or any extreme reaction
DO NOT use a chemical peel if you have any of the following:
- Broken skin Open wounds/lesions
- Inflamed skin
- Skin allergies
- Couperous skin
- Skin grafts or recent surgery
- You are currently taking Accutane or have done so within the past twelve months
- You are pregnant or nursing
- You have a tendency to form keloid scars
- You have a sexually transmitted disease such as herpes, HIV/AIDS, or a similar condition
- You are undergoing cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and/or radiation
- You do not understand the process of a peel, are not willing to follow the post peel regime
- You expect a miracle. Most chemical peels are designed to be a progressive treatment and require a series of 3-6 applications to achieve a goal
- You have been treated with a hair-removal system in the past two days