A chemical peel is an outpatient cosmetic procedure that involves treating the face with an acid solution. The mild acid removes the outer layer of skin cells to reveal smooth, unblemished underlying skin. There are several different types of chemical peels available, each designed to treat a different skin problem, and a dermatologist can help patients determine which procedure is the best choice. The following are some of the top chemical peel benefits.
Chemical Peel Benefits
First of all, a chemical peel is a low-risk procedure. While some mild side effects may occur, the chance of serious side effects is very low, and the great majority of patients who have the procedure report a satisfactory experience that they would repeat. Temporary side effects may include redness, irritation, and peeling skin for a few days. Doctors should give patients specific instructions for caring for their skin after the peel to minimize these effects.
Another chemical peel benefit is the reduction of acne and scars. Many adults suffer from breakouts long after their teenage years. When salicylic acid is used in a chemical peel, the acid penetrates the pores of the skin to clear any blockages that would result in blackheads. Because it stays in the skin, it keeps working to maintain clear skin after the peel. Scarring can also be significantly reduced by a chemical peel as layers of skin are removed.
Furthermore, a chemical peel can remove or reduce unwanted skin pigmentation. Dark patches on the skin are caused by sun damage and sometimes triggered by hormonal changes in the body. Unfortunately, there is not a permanent cure for this discoloration, but many dermatologists are using a mild peel in combination with bleaching and other treatments to protect the skin from further damage.
Finally, many patients discover that an extra benefit of getting a chemical peel is getting better performance from their skincare products. With dead skin cells removed, creams can penetrate the skin much more effectively. In addition, the skin itself responds to a chemical peel by producing more collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which give a youthful and supple appearance to the skin.
Consultation and Other Chemical Peel Benefits Questions
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