Chemical peels supply a form of controlled skin damage that awakens the body’s healing and regenerative abilities. If you have age spots or freckles, these procedures can help you gain the even and unblemished complexion that you’ve always wanted. Chemical peels can significantly heighten natural collagenesis, and this means that your skin will again produce the collagen it needs for a fresh, youthful and healthy appearance.
How Chemical Peels Work
Chemical peels are outpatient procedures. During your treatment, your provider will apply one or more highly acidic solutions to the surface of your skin. These can include glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, phenol (carbolic acid) or trichloroacetic acid. These solutions are left on the treated area for a short time so that they can erode away dead skin cells and the topmost layers of old, damaged skin.
This form of controlled skin damage triggers the body’s healing abilities so that new skin cells are formed at a faster and more efficient rate. The result is bright, vibrant skin and a clearer and more balanced complexion. Chemical peels can significantly reduce the appearance of both freckles and age spots.
They are also effective at minimizing enlarged pores, moderate acne scars, fine lines and many other minor cosmetic issues. They provide a safe and lasting solution to many of the most common signs of aging and give people a chance to dramatically renew their appearances without undergoing procedures that involve cutting or the removal of tissue.
How to Know If You’re a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel
Chemical peels can be used to address cosmetic issues on the face, hands, and neck. If you have age spots, dark spots, enlarged pores, freckles or mild to moderate acne scarring, this procedure could be right for you.
Sagging or bulging skin and deep creases or wrinkles do not usually respond well to chemical peels. If these issues exist, the provider can recommend alternative treatments.
After a Chemical Peel
Depending upon the depth of your peel, you may notice redness, dryness, scaling and general discoloration shortly after your peel has been performed. The provider will send you home with aftercare instructions. A good sunblock should be worn at all times, and direct sun exposure should be minimized until the healing process is complete.
What to Expect
As the skin heals following a chemical peel, it will have a vibrant, youthful, healthy look. Moreover, as collagen production increases, people can look forward to ongoing improvements as the dermis gains greater elasticity and resilience. Dark spots, freckles, and other blemishes will be significantly reduced and the complexion will have a smoother and more even texture overall.
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