When some people hear the term “chemical peel,” they form apprehension about the treatment. With so much emphasis being placed on chemical-free products these days, it is understandable to worry if it is safe to put chemicals on the skin. The good news is that a chemical peel is a safe and effective way to improve the tone and texture of the skin, which is why Enhance® Medical Center has so many repeat patients for this treatment.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that removes the outer layers of the skin. Because skin is resilient, a healthier, smoother layer of skin subsequently regenerates in its place. People with wrinkles, acne scars and irregular pigmentation notice improved, smoother skin develop after this procedure.
What Kind of Chemicals Are in a Chemical Peel?
The type of chemicals included in the treatment depend on the strength of the chemical peel. Patients at Enhance® Medical Center choose between light, medium and deep peels. Though stronger peels can achieve greater improvements for the skin, patients with moderate imperfections or who prefer a gentler treatment can still see benefits from the light peel.
Light peels usually feature mild acids such as alpha or beta hydroxyl, which tenderly exfoliate the outermost layer of skin. Medium peels have somewhat stronger chemicals like glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid which can reach the upper layer of the dermis. Deep peels rely on phenol, which fully penetrates the epidermis.
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
Most patients do experience a burning or stinging sensation while the chemical solution is on the skin. A numbing agent is applied to the skin ahead of the treatment to minimize the discomfort. Understandably, a deeper peel generally causes more discomfort than a lighter peel, but most find the pain to be manageable and temporary.
Who Shouldn’t Have a Chemical Peel?
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a chemical peel. Chemical peels pose more risks to patients with darker skin complexions. Patients who are prone to scarring should also avoid chemical peels. The same applies to patients with sunburn, rash, an open wound, cold sores or warts. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have taken Accutane in the past six months, should delay chemical peel treatment. These recommendations are in place to protect the safety of patients. Fortunately, other skin care options are available for patients who do not meet the qualifications for a chemical peel.
Choose Enhance® for Chemical Peel
The best way to ensure that your chemical peel treatment is safe is to choose a trusted medspa like Enhance® Medical Center. By having an experienced provider administer this treatment, your risk of adverse side effects is minimal. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles S. Lee and his team, please call (310) 271-5954.