Chemical Peels 101

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This process results in the removal of dead skin cells and the stimulation of cell regeneration, which can improve the appearance of skin by reducing wrinkles, acne, age spots, and other imperfections.

Chemical peels can be classified into different types based on their depth of penetration into the skin:

  1. Superficial peels: These are the mildest type of chemical peel and only affect the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis). They are typically used to treat mild skin discoloration and rough texture.

  2. Medium peels: These penetrate deeper into the skin and can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. They may cause more noticeable peeling and redness compared to superficial peels.

  3. Deep peels: These are the most intense type of chemical peel and can improve the appearance of deep wrinkles, sun damage, and other significant skin imperfections. They involve the penetration of the solution into the deeper layers of the skin (dermis) and require a longer recovery time.

Chemical peels can be performed by dermatologists, estheticians, and other trained professionals. It's important to choose a qualified practitioner and follow all post-treatment instructions to minimize the risk of complications.