Written by Amy Pusey (last updated January 28, 2022)
Imagine looking years younger and having facial skin that is glowing, unblemished, and with barely visible fine lines. Those are exactly the goals of chemical peels, a facial technique developed by dermatologists. Treatments involve the application of a variety of chemicals directly to the skin surface that essentially burn off the dead skin cells. These chemicals are typically derived from sugar and fruits, as well as vinegar.
Chemical peels can be harsh to sensitive skin, and although home kits are available, you are better off having them administered by a medical professional. An improperly applied chemical peel can leave you with second degree burns, or permanent scarring. The best approach to getting a chemical peel is to first have a consultation with a dermatologist. A medical professional will explain in detail the benefits and risks of chemical peels. They will also determine the type of chemical peel best suited to your needs based on the evidence of imperfections and overall sensitivity.
While chemical peels will greatly improve the appearance and texture of your face, they are not a cure-all for problematic or already severely damaged skin. Some of the factors chemical peels will not do include:
There are three categories of chemical peels available for consideration. The peel should be selected with the guidance of a professional according to your skin care needs. They include:
The acids used for administering chemical peels can be defined by four specific groups, and include the following:
Chemical peels have a lot of benefits to offer. The goal is to do your homework and discuss your options with a certified dermatologist. The last thing you want to do is to obtain a chemical peel without knowing the specifics of each type, as well as what reaction the chemicals will cause once applied to your face. After all, it is your face and if you use the wrong peel you are the one who will have to walk around for a few weeks looking like a cherry tomato. So, be safe, learn the facts, and choose wisely according to your needs.
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