Understanding How Chemical Peels Work

Oct 02, 2023
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Chemical peels provide a deep chemical exfoliation that brightens up the skin, improves uneven skin tone, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. There are various choices to provide you with the highest quality results.

A chemical peel is one of the most effective skin rejuvenation procedures for addressing sun damage and combating skin aging. Chemical peels can improve the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, uneven pigmentation, and other flaws. 

Chemical peels contain various acids with differing levels of skin penetration. There are numerous options available based on your unique skin and skin goals.

Camille I. Roberts, MD, is at the helm of The Dermatology Center of Worcester, a full-service dermatology practice in Worcester, Massachusetts. Whether you desire firmer, tighter, clearer skin or another beautifying treatment, Dr. Roberts and her team can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. 

Chemical peels: what to know

A chemical peel involves applying a chemical solution to your face, which removes damaged skin cells and triggers new healthy skin, for a more youthful appearance.

It’s a deep exfoliation of the skin. When your skin's dull, damaged surface layer is removed, new, healthier cells grow in their place.

There are various types of chemical peels that use various acids. Some acids are more potent than others, so you must understand the differences and select a treatment that is appropriate for your skin type and issues. 

Choosing a chemical peel for sensitive skin

Certain products and treatments can make matters worse if you have sensitive skin. The peel may cause irritation and other side effects if the ingredients are too harsh for your skin type.

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical peels only penetrate the top layer of the skin (some go deeper), making it a relatively mild chemical peel that is ideal for people with sensitive skin or who are concerned about the strength of a chemical peel.

Chemical peel intensity

Some chemical peels penetrate deeper than the skin's surface layer for more intense exfoliation and dramatic results.

Because glycolic and trichloroacetic acid peels are stronger than AHA, slightly longer downtime is necessary, and there’s more prominent redness and transient irritation while your skin heals.

To keep you comfortable throughout your chemical peel, our team washes your skin and may administer a topical painkiller and antibiotic ointment.

Is a chemical peel right for me?

A chemical peel treatment may be beneficial if you have wrinkled or sun-damaged skin, blotches, scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores, or certain types of skin growths. Skin texture and thickness also determine whether you are a good candidate for chemical peels. In general, if your skin is in good overall health, you can benefit from a chemical peel.

What to expect after your chemical peel

Even with a light chemical peel, it’s normal to experience some puffiness immediately after your treatment, so if you have an event or public engagement, give yourself at least a week to recuperate.

Bandaging may be required for heavier chemical peels to protect your skin while your skin cells regenerate.

If you would like to learn more about chemical peels for skin rejuvenation, please schedule a consultation with us by calling our Worcester, Massachusetts office at 508-452-2702 or requesting an appointment online.