A skin peel is a cosmetic treatment in which an acidic solution is used to remove the top layer of dead skin cells from the face. This can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and acne scars. It can also help to even out the skin tone and make the complexion appear brighter. Skin peels are usually performed by dermatologists or plastic surgeons.
Types of Skin Peels
There are three main types of skin peels: light, medium, and deep. Light peels use glycolic or lactic acid and are often called lunchtime peels because they can be done quickly and do not require any downtime. Medium peels use trichloroacetic acid or Jessner's solution and usually take 30 minutes to an hour. Deep peels use phenol and can take up to two hours. They penetrate deeper into the skin and are more likely to cause side effects such as pigment changes, so they are reserved for patients with more severe wrinkles or problem areas.
Benefits of Skin Peels
Skin peels have a number of benefits, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and acne scars; evening out the skin tone; and making the complexion look brighter. In addition, they can stimulate the production of collagen, which can help to reduce the signs of aging in the long term.
Side Effects of Skin Peels
Possible side effects of skin peels include redness, swelling, itching, crusting, blistering, pigment changes, infection, and scarring. These side effects are more likely to occur with deep peels than with light or medium peels.
If you are considering having a skin peel, it is important to talk to a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see if it is right for you. Depending on your goals, a light, medium, or deep peel may be recommended. Skin peels have a number of benefits but there are also potential side effects that should be taken into consideration before having the procedure done.