A chemical peel is a procedure that consists of the doctor applying a chemical solution to the skin. The solution causes a blister, and then the solution peels off.
It has the potential to treat acne. It’s also used to smooth the skin and give it a more youthful appearance. A chemical peel reduces the appearance of wrinkles in various parts of the body. It can reduce the appearance of sun damage, mild scars, freckles, age spots and dark patches.
A chemical peel can be used around the eyes and mouth. Additionally, it may be used on other parts of the face, hands, and neck.
The procedure begins with the doctor cleaning the skin thoroughly. A solution consisting of lactic acid, salicylic acid, carbolic acid, or trichoroacetic acid is applied to the skin. It causes the outer layer of skin to be removed, and then it allows for the new skin to appear.
The physician may reconsider performing the procedure if the patient has had a history of recurring cold sores or scarring. Those who have had facial X-rays in the past may not be able to undergo the procedure. Certain medications interfere with the procedure such as Retin-A, so the doctor may advise the patient to stop certain medications before undergoing a chemical peel.
The patient may feel a burning sensation. Generally, it lasts for only about five to 10 minutes. A stinging sensation may follow the burning. A deeper peel may burn worse and require the patient to require a pain medication. The patient may experience swelling or redness for several days after a chemical peel.
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