What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel is a technique which is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. This is most commonly used to treat facial skin, but can also be used on other areas of the body. This process is intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. This is done by inducing a controlled injury to the skin. New tissue is generated by the body’s natural healing process. The dead skin cells are shed, and the regenerated skin is usually smoother with better texture than the old skin.
What types of skin peels are available?
Skin peels are available in a range of formulations ranging from light to medium strength. Deep skin peels are only used to treat extreme skin conditions and are generally not recommended.
The type of skin peel required will depend on your skin type, lifestyle and the severity and nature of the condition which is being treated.
How long is recovery time?
The lighter skin peels can be a lunchtime treatment with no downtime. You can carry on with your normal daily activities immediately afterwards. The stronger formulations can require a few days to recover fully.
What conditions can be treated with skin peels?
Skin peels can be an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.
Who cannot use skin peels?
It is not recommended to use skin peels if you have taken Accutane in the last 18 months, or if you have an active skin infection. It is also not recommended to treat keloids.