A chemical peel uses a chemical solution at different levels of dilution to cause a mild chemical burn on the skin. This results in desquamation of the very top layer of skin, slightly deeper than the epidermis. The resulting healing process and collagen deposition over the ensuing week, results in a smooth texture to your skin.
Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.
A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred.
A chemical peel can help improve:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
- Remove deep scars
The most common peel used is a TCA peel (Trichloroacetic Acid) at a strength of 25% and 35%. It is safe and effective. The procedure takes 15 minutes to perform. Afterwards, you treat the skin with an emollient. The desquamation and healing process takes approximately 1 week.