If you are one of the many Americans that are plagued with skin problems chemical "skin peeling" may be able to help you. A chemical peel can help alleviate many skin problems including acne, wrinkles, rosacia, and age spots. We hasten to add, though, that it will be an unpleasant process! We believe that it's much better to heal your skin by making your own natural skin care products. However, that takes time and some people are in a hurry, so if you're considering a skin peel, here is the lowdown.
Just What Is A Chemical Peel?
Many people are put off by the name chemical peel (like us!). A chemical peel is "simply" a technique in which a chemical mixture is applied to the skin in order to improve the look and feel of it. The chemicals cause the top layer of skin to blister and then later peel. After the skin has peeled off the skin underneath is new and fresh. This will also make it so wrinkles are less noticeable. After a chemical peel your skin will feel sensitive and should be protected from the sun.
What Kind of Skin Is Helped by Peeling?
The results from a chemical peel vary for everyone. Generally people with fairer skin tend to have better results; however, that doesn’t mean that darker skinned people can’t benefit from a chemical peel. The results will also depend on what type of skin problems you have and how serious they are.
Where Are The Best Areas For Peeling?
Chemical peels can be done on your face, neck, or hands. They can be done to treat a variety of skin problems and disorders. You can get treatments to diminish fine lines under your eyes and around your mouth as well as wrinkles caused by sun damage. People who have suffered an injury that resulted in a noticeable scar can use a chemical peel to make it less noticeable. This works for freckles and age spots too. If you find that your skin is uneven a chemical peel can help to smooth it out.
What Is The Cost of a Skin Peeling?
Skin peeling is an outpatient treatment and therefore are usually done right in an office. It is considered cosmetic and therefore won’t be covered under most insurance. Prior to the chemical peel you may be advised to stop taking certain prescriptions.
Is There Any Prep For a Chemical Peel?
When you go to get a chemical peel you will first have your skin cleaned with a cleanser that removes any oils and dirt. You may also be advised to start using a cream that contains retin-a in order to prepare your skin for the peel.
What Does a Skin Peeling Feel Like?
You will feel a tingling sensation followed by a stinging sensation during the chemical peel. In some circumstances the patient is given pain medication during or after the skin peeling. This will depend on how strong the peel is and how long it takes. In some cases you may also have to wear a bandage over the treatment area for a short period of time. If you are prone to cold sores or herpes you should let your dermatologist know prior to getting a chemical peel as it can affect the results.