A chemical peel treatment is a procedure used to improve the skin's appearance. It involves the use of a chemical solution that causes the skin to blister and peel off, revealing a new layer of skin beneath. Typically, this type of treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require the use of anesthesia. People often undergo chemical peel treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin blemishes. It is generally considered a safe procedure, though there are some potential risks to undergoing this type of treatment.
An individual who opts for a chemical peel usually wants to achieve smoother-looking skin that has fewer blemishes and other markings. This type of treatment may be performed on the skin of the face and neck as well as that of the hands. Usually, people undergo this treatment to reduce such issues as fine lines and wrinkles, very mild types of scarring, some forms of acne blemishes, age spots, and some other types of skin discoloration. A person may even undergo a chemical peel treatment to reduce the appearance of freckles or rejuvenate skin that has a dull look to it.
To have a chemical peel treatment, a person usually goes to a dermatologist's office or outpatient facility. The professional performing the peel usually cleanses the patient's face in an effort to remove oils, dirt, and anything else that may be on the surface of the skin. The professional also takes steps to protect the patient's eyes, hair, and skin before starting the procedure. He then applies the chemical solution to the patient's skin. An individual may feel a warm or hot sensation during a chemical peel as well as stinging.
After undergoing a chemical peel, a person may have peeling, redness, and scaling. The length of time it takes to heal completely may depend on the depth of the peel and the chemical solution that was used. Patients are usually advised to avoid too much exposure to the sun after this type of treatment, as the skin is likely to be more vulnerable.
The risk of complications of a chemical peel are generally low for a person who is a good candidate for this type of treatment. Some people, however, may experience pigment changes after treatment, some of which may be permanent. Some people may also experiences scarring in some areas of the treated skin. Additionally, some individuals may experience cold sore reactivation.