Interested in a chemical peel but unsure whether it’s safe or effective? This popular wrinkle reducing treatment is often called the “lunchtime facial” because it’s quick and easy with little to no downtime. But there are some myths floating around about chemical peels, so let’s clear things up by giving you the facts.
Chemical peels have been around for a long time and for good reason. They’re a highly effective way to minimize scarring, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. They can even work as an acne treatment. Peels use a special chemical solution to break down the top layer of dead skin cells. In this way, chemical peels act as an exfoliant, revealing the layers of fresh, rejuvenated skin below. As long as chemical peel treatments are performed by a board-certified dermatologist, they are safe. Even rare side effects should diminish within a couple of days post-treatment.
The skin may or may not peel after a chemical peel treatment, depending on the individual’s response to treatment and the depth of the peel. Regardless, in almost all cases, a chemical peel does not produce heavy peeling. In fact, many of the peels available work at the cellular level, so physical side effects are minimal. A little redness and sensitivity may occur afterward, and it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen for a few days.
Even if you have sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, or eczema, you can still receive a chemical peel. Some peels are even formulated for sensitive skin or for skin that’s prone to rosacea. Some peels help to calm the skin, reducing inflammation. Others can go to work on the root causes of acne: a combination of sebum (oil), dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells that combine to cause a clogged pore.
If you haven’t gotten the picture yet, there are many kinds of chemical peels out there. There are various depths of chemical peels as well, which a doctor can recommend based on the issues you’re seeking to target. Each one will carry its own guidelines for ideal candidates, so consult with a doctor first.
Generally speaking, while results like brighter, more youthful-looking skin tone are visible after one peel, you may need more treatments for greater results. For example, if you’re looking to work on deeper wrinkles, acne scars, or dark spots, you may need to receive a chemical peel treatment about every six to eight weeks. As an acne treatment, a chemical peel may be needed at different intervals.
If you’re in Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas and want to learn more about your chemical peel options, contact Louisiana Dermatology Associates today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can make recommendations and perform this cosmetic treatment in our offices.