A chemical peel (or chemical peeling) is a skin resurfacing and regenerating method in which a chemical solution is applied by a specialist onto your face, neck and sometimes hands to improve and soothe the texture of your skin by eliminating any damaged or dead skin cells, working on the outer layers of your skin. Another way chemical peels work – especially in the case of treating uneven skin tone and wrinkles – is by stimulating your skin tissue to heal itself and become rejuvenated.
Why Is It Called a “Chemical” Peel?
The idea of applying a chemical solution onto your skin is not necessarily appealing to many women, but the term is not only designating the procedure as being “chemical”, it is also distinguishing it from those “cosmetic” peels one does at home using scrubs or other exfoliators, which actually involve physically removing dead skin cells and other impurities by rubbing product onto your face and neck.
Different Types of Chemical Peels
Depending on the type of solution and how invasive the procedure is, there are three categories: light, medium and deep chemical peels. The light chemical peel is considered superficial, working on the surface of your skin, eliminating dead skin cells, unclogging pores and mildly softening scars.
The medium chemical peel lasts from a few days to weeks and reaches a bit deeper into your skin layers, affecting your skin tissue by stimulating it to heal, produce collage and become more elastic and renewed.
The deep chemical peel is actual surgery and can only be performed by a surgeon, since it affects the deepest layers of your skin, therefore you’ll need anesthesia. You need to carefully consider the pros and cons of having a deep chemical peel before making a choice.
Chemical Peel for Acne
Chemical peel for acne unclogs your pores, removes extra oil from skin and exfoliates the dead cells build-up, which causes the appearance of blemishes and other imperfections in the first place. Chemical peels for acne allow treatments and other skin care products to work more efficiently into your skin, by eliminating those unpleasant barriers.
At Home Chemical Peel
A superficial or medium-depth chemical peel can be easily done at home with the right products. Try a facial multi-acid chemical peel from Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry, an easy-to-use and less expensive revitalizing treatment or the Vivite’s Glycolic Chemical Facial Peel Kit.