Written by Anza Goodbar (last updated May 13, 2022)
Magazines and billboards are filled with photographs of beautiful women. Our society places a high value on youthful looking skin. Today there are many options available to preserve a youthful appearance one of which is a chemical peel. There are several types of peels available depending on the level of desired results.
Chemical peels can be applied to the entire face or isolated to a particular area. Eyes should be protected during a chemical peel. Chemical peels are effective because they cause the skin to grow new tissue rich in collagen and elastin. There are three basic types of peels available based on the level of burn needed to achieve desired results.
Most chemical peels are done on an out patient basis. A sedative may be administered to relax the patient. Pain medication may be requested prior to a deep peel; most physicians will prescribe pain medication for after the peel to reduce stinging and throbbing sensations.
It is important to follow aftercare directions when healing from a chemical burn. It is imperative to limit time in the sun, and only expose skin that is protected by a high SPF sun blocker. Sun's rays cause damaging effects to the skin and can reduce any benefit the peel may be produced.
What to expect after a peel:
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