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Treating Sun Damage with Chemical Peels

Chemical peels work by resurfacing the surface of the skin through the induction of controlled injury, which removes superficial layers of skin. They help by promoting the growth of fresh outer skin, and minimizing skin conditions like fine lines and wrinkles, skin impurities, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

Chemical Peel Treatment

Each chemical peel treatment is different, based upon which specific peel is selected. Chemical peels normally begin by treating the skin with a medical degreaser, ensuring that the treatment site has no remaining oils present on the skin. A chemical agent is then applied, which is left on the skin for a set amount of time.

It is normal for patients to experience a mild stinging sensation while the chemical agent is on the skin. Some chemical peels are formulated to self-neutralize and can stay on the skin for several hours.

How Much Downtime Can Be Expected?

The answer depends on the specific type of peel used. The skin may be red and feel tight immediately after the procedure. Any visible peeling can be controlled easily using moisturizer. The peeling process may take up to five days, depending upon the type of peel.

Normal activities may resume following a peel, but heavy sweating and exercise should be avoided for several days. Skin should not be exposed to a lot of heat or sun exposure to prevent redness and swelling. Skin that is peeling should be allowed to do so naturally without picking.

Which Chemical Peels Are Right for Me?

The answer depends on why you are getting the peel. Is it for age spots, acne, discoloration or to maintain a youthful appearance? Every peel has different ingredients with properties that may help certain types of skin conditions, and you should know what to look for. For example, a glycolic peel will help more with sun damage, age spots, lines and wrinkles, while a salicylic peel is more suited for acne-prone skin and oily skin. It is also a good idea to begin with a gentler peel, because you will not know what your individual skin type can tolerate.

What Results Can I Expect?

The answer depends on the type of chemical peel you received. Superficial chemical peels will minimize skin damage and signs of aging, but the results are usually minimal. Medium peels can help reduce the signs of fine wrinkles and sun damage, but have longer recovery periods. Deeper chemical peels will noticeably tighten your skin, eliminating wrinkles. They can have dramatic effects.

During a consultation at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa, you can learn all about our chemical peels, including which one is best for you. Our office is located in Naperville. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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