Is Chemical Peels Good for your Skin?

There are different chemicals used in beauty products these days in which it is impossible to keep track of what is really natural and organic. Chemical peels are often used to reduce and even improve an individual’s skin, whether they have wrinkles, acne, scars, or other skin imperfections. 

A chemical peel or otherwise known as derma peeling includes a chemical solution that would improve the appearance. 

How does the chemical peel work?

There are various depths to how long a chemical peel would be effective. 

  1. Light Peel – Usually lasts between one and two months.
  2. Medium Peel – Lasts between two and six months.
  3. Deep Peel – Lasts forever.

A chemical peel would generally cause injury to expose the damaged skin layers, in order for the more youthful skin to be revealed afterwards. As the saying “beauty is pain” goes, it would apply here since this would be painful for some people to go through this process.

After the chemical peel has done its work though, the new youthful skin revealed would be with fewer lines and wrinkles and much brighter in complexion.

What kind of skin type a chemical peel would be best for?

Since not everyone is the same and doesn’t have similar skin, chemical peels would necessarily work based on an individual’s specific skin type. It’s recommended that getting advice from a dermatologist before applying the chemical peel is best, especially if you’re getting more aggressive treatment. 

Although, a chemical peel is not recommended for people who:

  • Cannot stay out of the sun during the healing period.
  • Have skin conditions/ sensitive skin.
  • Abnormal skin scarring or a past of the condition.
  • Extra pigmentation in your scars.

How chemical peels are performed?

A person’s skin is thoroughly cleansed with a solution that would remove any excess oils from the skin. A chemical solution then containing glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid is then applied to the skin. A very controlled injury then happens to the skin, penetrating according to the depth of the chemical peel and skin type.

Possible complications of a chemical peel depending on the skin type – 

  1. Temporary / Permanent change in color of skin.
  2. Low risk of scarring in certain areas of the face. 
  3. Taking certain medications may affect and increase the risk of developing abnormal pigmentation.