Chemical Peels Explained

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One of the most misunderstood skin care treatments is the chemical peel.  Just the name of the treatment confuses people, but the images from popular culture of what your face will look like after a chemical peel are what scare people the most when it comes to this skin care treatment.  Yet there is nothing to fear from a chemical peel.  With so many types of peels available there really is a peel for everyone including those with people with sensitive skin. 

What Is A Chemical Peel And What Are The Benefits?

A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure during which a solution is applied to the surface of the skin in order to remove dead skin cells and renew the skin.  The solution includes a single acid or a combination of acids that work to address certain skin problems and issues while making your skin smoother and softer. 

Chemical peels can address a wide variety of skin care issues and problems such as:

Reduce fine lines and superficial wrinkles
Remove dark spots and sun damage
Improve the appearance of some scars
Smooth skin
Treat acne
Even out skin tone
Skin will look brighter, clearer, and feel softer

What Type of Peels Are There?

Chemical peels generally fall into three categories: light, medium, and deep.  Deep peels are always performed by physicians while light peels are usually performed by estheticians.  Medium peels are generally performed in a medical setting by either a doctor or an esthetician who works under a doctor's supervision.  As already stated above the peels themselves are made up of different chemicals, and each type of peel is suitable for different skin conditions and problems.

For example if you really want to treat wrinkles and fine lines you should have a medium peel such as a TCA peel.  A glycolic peel will brighten, smooth, and even out skin tone with minimum downtime while someone with acne should opt for a salicylic peel in order to clear clogged pores and treat breakouts.