A unique, yet very popular treatment option in the skin care industry is the chemical peel. Grand Rapids is home to providers of this service that can help you treat various skin conditions with chemical peels, including acne scarring, sagging skin, damaged skin and crow’s feet.
The chemical peel treatment itself is quite simple. A chemical solution placed upon the skin produces exfoliation of the skin, which results in skin peeling. As a result the new skin that forms in the old layer’s absence is smoother than the old.
Commonly, a small number of light or medium depth chemical peels can bring about similar results to one deeper level treatment.
Light or fair skinned individuals are often the best candidates to receive chemical peels and experience the best results. Dark skin types may also experience good results, depending on the particular skin issue at hand.
How Chemical Peels Work
Chemical peels in essence rejuvenate the skin. When the upper layers of the skin are dissolved by the reaction of the chemical solution, the fresher skin underneath replaces it. The chemical formula used and its strength will dictate the depth of the peel that occurs. The process of removing the upper layer of skin promotes healing of the skin, by introducing a new layer. This new layer is much smoother and free of the old wrinkles of the upper discarded layer.
Care after Treatment
After treatment, you may experience some discomfort, including swelling and redness of the skin. This will usually last for a few days. In some cases, you may see a scab form over the affected area of your skin. Your skin care specialist can advise you on any particular regimens to minimize this discomfort as well as guidance on cleaning your skin or the use of any ointments.
A general schedule for recovery includes the following: light chemical peels require 7 days or less for recovery. Medium-depth peel may require 1 to 2 weeks for recovery. Even deeper chemical peels may require 2 to 3 weeks to heal.
With all of the above said, it is necessary to consult with your skin treatment specialist to help determine the best options for your skin type.