What exactly is a chemical peel?
The term ‘chemical peel’ refers to a specific technique of using chemical reaction to improve the integrity of the skin. Peels regenerate and resurface the skin at varying depths depending on the agent and concentration used.
Chemical peels can be used to treat acne, pigmentation, wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels remove the dead layers of the skin and can help improve uneven pigmentation, and depending on the technique, some even have ability to stimulate collagen production, which improves both texture and tone.
For Acne Treatment
The type of peel used for acne patients is called a Salicylic acid peel. This type of peel has an anti-inflammatory component which is ideal for acne treatments. Recovery is seen within a few hours, and results can be seen within 2-3 days of the peel. This peel is used as a series of 3 to 4 peels for ongoing acne treatment.
A specific type of peel, known as the “Jessner” Chemical peel, is often used for the rejuvenation of photo damaged skin, and aids in reducing pigmentation. This popular chemical peel works to improve skin health by helping remove and heal skin damage that is more extensive than regular “wear and tear.” This type of peel is stronger than most superficial chemical peels. The “Jessner” peel consists of three main ingredients: lactic acid (assists in the exfoliation of the skin), salicylic acid (aids in penetration), and resorcinol (assists in the treatment of acne/inflamed skin).