How do I choose a chemical peel?
Chemical peels differ in the depth of penetration. For example, if your goal is to simply exfoliate the skin, a light chemical peel will do the trick. If you want to significantly change the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a problem in the deep layers of the skin, a deeper chemical peel is required.
Why does my skin look worse after a chemical peel?
A chemical peel can cause treated skin to become darker than normal (hyperpigmentation) or lighter than normal (hypopigmentation). Hyperpigmentation is more common after superficial peels, while hypopigmentation is more common after a deep peel.
How many chemical peels do I need to see results?
It is generally advised to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks. However, if you suffer from acne, there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you find the expected results. Most people buy a series of four or five peels up front to achieve the treatment results wanted.
Are chemical peels worth it?
Good for you! Not only are they important in maintaining the health of your skin, but they are also one of the most effective facial treatments there is. Chemical peels can be used to correct issues such as uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and even acne.
How long does chemical peel last?
Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment.
Do chemical peels ruin your skin?
The risks, side effects, and complications of chemical peels include scarring, infection, reactivation of herpes simplex infections, and a substantial contrast in coloration of the treated skin. All patients will have a recuperation period, the length of which depends upon the depth of the peel.
How often should I get a chemical peel?
The chemical peel you select as well as your desired results will dictate how often you should receive this treatment. In some cases, it may make sense to receive a light chemical peel every two to five weeks. If you opt for a medium chemical peel, you may want to receive this treatment every three to nine months.
Which is better chemical peel or microdermabrasion?
If you have active acne, chemical peels are a better choice because microdermabrasion can irritate it or even cause more issues. Chemical peels use salicylic acid to reduce further breakouts by exfoliating the dead skin cells. If you have light wrinkles, microdermabrasion or light chemical peels can help.
Can you see results after 1 peel?
It usually takes several treatment sessions to see the desired outcomes. Most people notice some improvement after their first chemical peel, but with multiple treatments over the span of several months, patients will be astonished by how much better their skin looks.
Do chemical peels make dark spots worse?
If you haven’t prepared the skin, the hyperpigmentation can become darker and wider after the chemical peel. Using chemical peels for melasma takes a while — it’s a process that shouldn’t be rushed. By removing the pigment slowly, we prevent the pigment from becoming worse.