The pros and cons of chemical peels are quite a pressing question for every person looking for the safe and efficient solution for skin issues like acne, sunspots, scars and keloids, dull skin and the like.
Although being quite safe when performed by a licensed professional, chemical peels have their pros and cons, like any other treatment.
Keratinized cells and other contaminants removal. The acids help to soften the dead cells of the skin so that they could be easily removed. By eliminating the contaminants, chemical peel helps to restore the healthy skin complexion and make it smoother.
Normalization of sebum production. A chemical peel is often recommended to the individuals with oily skin type. This procedure helps to release the sebaceous glands from sebum, helps to narrow the pores and contributes to the effective skin functioning. This prevents the appearance of acne and restores the natural beauty of your skin.
Wrinkles are smoothing. Renewal of the upper layer of the skin with the help of acids can deliver a rejuvenating effect. The active restorative process increases collagen and elastin production, so the skin becomes more elastic, with facial wrinkles less visible.
Elimination of skin imperfections. Chemical peels are often used to treat scars, keloids and post-acne marks. Also, peels allow you to get rid of sunspots because it stimulates the rapid renovation of upper skin layers containing the excessive amount of melanin.
Temporary discomfort. During the procedure, the upper layer of the skin is exposed to acids. As a result, the patient may experience sensations of burning or tingling.
Redness. There may be redness after peeling that can last from few days to several weeks depending on peeling intensity. But actually not all the patients have this problem.
Skin burn. If you’re going to get a deep skin peel, it might result in the appearance of a crust on a skin surface. Deep chemical peels require additional measures for skin rehabilitation, besides the procedure itself, to ensure the best results possible.
Skin peeling. The upper layer of skin often (but not always) begins to flake off. Skin dryness usually occurs in the first week after exposure to peeling acids. It is necessary to constantly moisten dry areas of the skin during this period.
Increased photosensitivity. After the procedure, you’ll have to protect your skin from the UV light twice as hard. Otherwise, you’ll put yourself at the increased risk of the sunspots appearance. This is the reason why chemical peels are recommended for the periods of the least solar activity. However, good sunscreen and avoiding direct sunlight exposure work well to protect your skin from this complication.
There are some situations when you need to postpone chemical peel treatment:
– When you have a cold or an infection
– When you have a skin injury or sunburn that hasn’t healed up yet
– If you are pregnant
– If you have recently used isotretinoin or tretinoin
– If you have an acute skin disease
– If you have active Herpes simplex 1 sores
Dermatologists use chemical peels as we know them now for over than half a century, so this treatment is well-studied and offers high safety as long as you follow post-treatment recommendations of your dermatologist and choose a licensed professional. It’s a powerful tool for skin rejuvenation and reduction of skin imperfections.
Chemical peel treatment at Arsenault Derm Spa is provided by experts with the strong medical background. Our experts always discuss your individual differences and needs before the procedure to give you the most efficient and safe skin treatments. Please follow this link to see what chemical peels options are available at our office.