A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that is intended to improve the appearance of the skin; usually it is just used on the face, although other areas can also be treated. It involves the application of chemicals to the area of skin being treated, which causes the top layer of the skin to blister and flake off over the course of a few days. This stage of the treatment can be unsightly, due to the peeling and shedding of skin, but it will reveal newer skin underneath. This newly revealed layer will be smoother than what has just been removed, giving a wide range of visual improvements.
Chemical peels can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face – the new skin underneath will not be completely free of these, but they should be less noticeable. They can also help to hide the presence of scars, such as those resulting from acne. Again, although the blemishes will not disappear completely, they will not be as visible after a chemical peel. Areas of skin that have been damaged by the sun may also look better after a chemical peel, and the skin tone will also be more even.
After undergoing a chemical peel, the skin will be much more sensitive for a few days. It will be necessary to wear sunscreen each time you go outside, even if it is not particularly bright. Make sure you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. You should also apply a facial moisturiser on a regular basis to keep the skin in good condition.
*Individual results may vary