A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is applied to the skin, causing it to blister and peel off. There are several types of chemical peels, from light to deep. Light peels remove the top layer of skin, while deep peels remove several layers.
The first chemical peel is believed to have been performed by an Ancient Egyptian physician over 3,000 years ago. The physician used different chemicals and agents to improve the appearance of skin lesions and scars. In the early 1900s, French and German dermatologists began using chemicals to treat a variety of skin conditions.
They began using phenol in the 1930s to treat abnormal growths on the skin, but found that phenol could cause serious side effects, including death. In the 1950s, a new method was developed using diluted phenol and for shorter periods of time, which reduced the risk of side effects.
In the 1960s, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) was used to treat skin conditions because it was less likely to cause side effects. TCA could also be used to treat a variety of conditions, including wrinkles, sun damage, and acne.
Today, chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. They are used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and other skin conditions.
There are three types of chemical peels:
The chemical peel procedure involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which makes it blister and peel off. The new skin that is revealed is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Chemical Peel: The Side Effects
Side effects of a chemical peel differ depending on which procedure you use. For example:
The side effects of a light peel are usually very mild. You may experience some redness and swelling, but this should subside within a day or two. You may also notice that your skin is more sensitive to the sun.
A medium peel may cause more discomfort than a light peel. You may experience redness, swelling, itching, and burning. Your skin may also blister and peel. These side effects should subside within a week or two.
A deep peel can be quite uncomfortable. You may experience redness, swelling, itching, burning, and blistering. Your skin may also peel for several weeks. You may also be more susceptible to infection. If you have a deep peel, you will likely need to stay home for several days.
A chemical peel is a specialized procedure. The following are general recommendations for patients considering a chemical peel for best results:
-A chemical peel should be performed by a professional with experience in peels.
-You should have a consultation with your doctor to discuss your specific goals and what type of peel would be best for you.
-A test patch should be done at least 48 hours before the peel to ensure that you are not allergic to the chemicals being used.
-Your skin should be prepared for the peel by avoiding tanning, waxing, and other hair removal methods for at least 2 weeks before the peel.
-You should avoid taking certain medications, such as aspirin, that can thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure.
-If you have a history of cold sores, you should take an antiviral medication for 7 days before the peel to prevent a breakout.
After your peel, it is important to:
-Protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
-Avoid picking or scratching at your skin, which can cause scarring.
-Keep your skin clean and moisturized to help promote healing.
At Abilene Total Wellness, we're experts at chemical peels. We'll work with you to determine the best peel for your individual goals and help you through the entire process to ensure beautiful, healthy skin. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.