If you want smoother, younger looking skin, you have a wide range of options available. There are a number of cosmetic procedures and non-surgical treatments to help treat the skin and reverse signs of aging, and one popular option is a chemical peel.
A chemical peel (also known as derma peeling and chemexfoliation) is one of the most minimally invasive treatments for sun-damaged skin, fine lines, acne scars, rosacea, freckles, rough skin, and age spots. To rejuvenate the skin, a chemical solution is applied to remove the damaged layers of skin.
There are three types of chemical peels: light, medium, and deep. A chemical peel can skim the skin or go deep into the lower dermal layer, depending on your skin’s condition.
- Light chemical peel: removes the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to treat fine lines, dryness, uneven pigment, and acne to reveal a healthy glow
- Medium chemical peel: removes the epidermis and upper part of the dermis (middle layer) to treat acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and abnormal pigmentation
- Deep chemical peel: penetrates the lower dermal layer to treat sun-damaged skin, scars, deep wrinkles, and even some pre-cancerous lesions
Can You Get a Chemical Peel?
Before undergoing a chemical peel, it is important to discuss whether the procedure is right for you with a doctor. Those who may not be good candidates for a chemical peel include individuals with:
- A history of irregular skin scarring
- Facial warts
- Acne that have used certain types of treatments in the last 12 months
- Asian or Afro-Caribbean skin
- Abnormal pigmentation
What Are the Pre-Procedure Steps?
During the preliminary consultation, tell your doctor or aesthetician if you have a history of scarring or other skin issues. Once you set a date for a chemical peel, you need to follow any pre-procedure directions.
Since the skin on the face is sensitive, your aesthetician or physician may want to work your skin up to a chemical peel by administering Retin-A. This will condition the skin. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medicines right before the peel. Your doctor will explain any necessary directions before the procedure.
Are You a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
If you would like to know whether a chemical peel is a recommended treatment option for your individual skin condition, set up a consultation at IV Seasons Skin Care. You may complete our online form or give us a call at 303-578-4193 .