What Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels have actually been around for thousands of years in one form or another, but they really started to become popular in the past 30 years or so. And there is a good reason for their longevity and their popularity. Chemical peels are a quick, effective way to get rid of old skin and give you new, softer, blemish-free skin. Read on for more information on chemical peels and why this procedure might be right for you! 

Chemical peel basics

In a chemical peel procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes the skin peel off. The new skin that grows back looks new and refreshed. It can be used on the skin of the neck, hands, and face and can be used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, and discoloration such as age spots, freckles, and acne. 

There are three different kinds of chemical peels, based on the layer of the skin that is affected. A light peel removes the upper layer – at Stockton Dermatology, the light peel used is the Gloss Peel treatment. Your other options include a peel for the middle layer of the skin and a “deep peel” for the skin cells that are very deep down. Your doctor will advise you which peel you should get based on the issues you are having with your skin. Chemical peels can be used in combination with other procedures so that you get the results you want. 

The after-peel period

After a chemical peel, your skin may look red and feel dry and irritated. You may need an over-the-counter pain reliever. You should stay out of the sun as much as possible while you are healing, and wear sunscreen when you do go outside. 

Chemical peels of one type or another have been used as far back as ancient Egypt, and with good reason! The procedure safely peels away old skin and gives you rejuvenated, younger looking skin. If you are wondering if a chemical peel may be right for you, make an appointment with Stockton Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, today! Call (480) 610-6366.

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