Chemical peels are popular cosmetic procedures used to refresh and revitalize the skin. They are typically recommended for people with skin issues such as sun damage, mild scarring, skin discoloration, wrinkles and fine lines. But just how well do chemical peels work? Do they really clear the skin and make you look years younger? This article looks at the answers to those questions.
What is a chemical peel
A chemical peel is a skin treatment that uses alphahydroxy acids (AHA) and Trichloroacetic acids (THA) to rejuvenate the skin,and create a younger, healthier appearance.Chemical peels exfoliate the skin, and remove dead and damaged skin cells on the face and body.
Why choose a chemical peel
- Chemical peels can be used to address specific skin conditions such as:
- Acne scars and other skin lesions.
- Fine lines, chiefly those around the eyes and mouth.
- Precancerous skin growths.
Types of Chemical Peels
Common AHAs used for chemical peels include glycolic acid and salicylic acid.Glycolic acidis a low concentration chemical peel, which is useful for treating the redness and dilated blood vessels associated with rosacea.
How chemical peels work
The specific acid is applied to the skin, and it creates a chemical reaction that raises the pH of the skin to the optimal acidity level. This loosens and exfoliates the damaged cells, causing the outer skin layer to peel off. The action encourages the growth of new cells, and the layer of skin below is revealed. This new skin is smooth and clear, and has an even tone.
Do Chemical Peels Work? Chemical peels work because they accelerate the shedding of old skin cells, and also renew the fibers of the skin. The satisfied patients at Skin Care Center, agree that chemical peels really do work to rejuvenate the skin.