Are Chemical Peels Safe?

If you’re looking for a procedure that will help to improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the signs of aging, you may have heard about a treatment known as a chemical peel. This procedure has been approved for use in aesthetics for many yearsand help to:

  • Smooth and rejuvenate skin texture
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Produce even skin tone

How do Chemical Peels Work?

Receiving a chemical peel is a fast and easy process. During this procedure, a licensed skin care provider applies alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or phenol to the skin to exfoliate and affect change to the superficial layers of your skin. Chemical peels can vary in intensity, from light, medium to deep treatments. This procedure is generally done on an out-patient basis and requires a very short recovery time. In the weeks following your chemical peel, you’ll be directed to take special care with your skin. Common at-home care directions may include:

  • Using moisturizer as directed by your provider
  • Avoiding sunlight or other sources of UV rays
  • Applying sunscreen daily
  • Avoiding rubbing or scratching the treatment area
  • Stopping smoking

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Most people are good candidates for this procedure. Your dermatologist will discuss your medical history to ensure that this procedure is right for you. If you have experienced the following conditions, a different treatment may be advised:

  • Heart conditions
  • Unusual scarring, such as keloids
  • Skin infections
  • Recent acne treatment

Call today to schedule an initial consultation to determine if chemical peels are the right treatment for your skin care needs.