This is a process in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. It is also called chemical peel. Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it blister and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
These peels can be done on the face, neck, chest or hands. They can be used to:
After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. You can get a chemical peel in a doctor's office. It's a 30 minutes outpatient procedure, virtually painless and has minimal healing time. It is suitable for any skin, can be repeated every 4 weeks and best results are seen after a series of 3 treatments.
The doctor who does your peel will first clean your skin thoroughly. Then will apply one or more chemical solutions (glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, phenol, resorcinol) to small areas of your skin. That creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place.
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that last about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Using cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging.