What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Facial skin is mostly treated, and scarring can be improved. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. To accomplish this task, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin. Resulting wound healing processes begin to regenerate new tissues. The dead skin eventually peels off. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
You may not be a good candidate if you…
Have taken the acne medication isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Claravis, others) in the past six months
Have a dark complexion
Have a personal history of ridged areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue (keloids)
Have abnormal skin pigmentation
Have a history of frequent or severe outbreaks of cold sores
How long does it take to recover after a chemical peel?
Your skin will recover about five to seven days after a medium chemical peel, though you may have redness that persists for months.
How often should I get a chemical peel?
Generally it is best to get a peel every four to six weeks. But if you suffer from acne there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you get the results you want.