What do chemical peels do?

September 21st, 2015

chem-peelEvery time you hear the word “chemical peel”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

To the uninitiated lot, it invokes an image of a mad scientist beside an operating table laughing hysterically while his patient screams in agony as his/her face slowly peels off.

Too gory, right? Well, the good news is that this not how a chemical peel session looks like. As a matter of fact, it’s the complete opposite. The procedure typically lasts an hour or two (depending on the type of peel) and it usually requires you to lie down for the duration. A dermatologist then administers the process on the target area. A good dermatologist will monitor the effect of the peel on your skin to remove it at the right time. After the peel is removed, certain post-peel treatments will be used depending on the type of chemical peel. For deep peels, a wound might need to get dressed while medium peels require cool compress and a dab of lotion or cream to soothe the skin.

How do chemical peels work?

In simple terms, they “peel” away the dead skin cells and damaged outer layers of your skin. If you want the nitty-gritty of it, a chemical peel works by lowering the pH of the skin to a more optimal 3.8 acidity level. This change in acidity loosens the materials that glue the dead and damaged cells. As a result, the unwanted cells are exfoliated and new cells can now grow.

What do chemical peels do?

They can give you a multitude of benefits. For starters, it refreshes your skin and gives it a healthier glow. With all the bad and dead skin cells gone, new and healthier skin cells are given a chance to grow. It can also help reduce precancerous lesions in some cases.

For individuals with very sensitive skin (including teens), they help reduce acne and scarring not only on the face but also on the back and shoulder areas. Chemical peels also stimulate the development of collagen fibers that will help in having tighter and firmer skin.

As for results, you can usually see changes in your skin after a day or two. Some peels, like deep peels, take at least 2 weeks for the results to show. Refreshing or lunchtime peels usually require 3-5 sessions to get the results you want.

Should I go have a Chemical Peel?

Sure! If you believe that your skin needs peeling then you can always approach your dermatologist. Ask about chemical peels and find out what your skin needs. Some people might just need a refreshing peel while others might need a deep peel. A dermatologist can provide a knowledgeable suggestion as to what kind of peel you require.

The process has stayed virtually the same over 50 years and new technology just makes the process even safer and more effective. A word of caution for those with darker complexion though. You might need to look for a dermatologist who is experienced in doing chemical peels with people of darker complexion. A botched session can result to permanent pigment problems.

Scheduling Chemical Peel in the Florida Area

In case you live in the Sarasota, Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch areas, Arsenault Dermatology welcomes you for the chemical peel procedure.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arsenault and inquire about the procedure today. Ask your questions, and Dr. Arsenault will gladly answer them. She may also recommend an additional procedure or a combination of medications, lotions and ointments for your individualized skin treatment strategy. This procedure will significantly refresh your face skin. You’ll look into that mirror each morning and revel in the results.