The name can sound a little daunting, but chemical peels have proven to be an effective anti-aging wrinkle treatment to improve the look and feel of aged skin. Women who have undergone this wrinkle treatment have reported the reduction of wrinkles, sun spots, acne scars, and uneven complexion. A chemical peel can leave your skin looking younger and more radiant; however, when dealing with such a high concentration of chemicals, it’s critical to do your homework beforehand to identify whether or not this wrinkle treatment is right for your skin.
A facial chemical peel is a wrinkle treatment that involves applying a chemical (acid) to your face to peel away dead skin. There are different types of peels, like microdermabrasion, to more intensive wrinkle treatments known as phenol peels. Typically, a more intensive wrinkle treatment will leave you with a more drastic result. That being said, a more intensive chemical peel wrinkle treatment will also cost more and require a lot more downtime.
Chemical Peel Procedure
The doctor or aesthetician will start by cleansing your face to remove any makeup, dirt, and oil. The skin is then prepped for the wrinkle treatment using a solution that gets rid of any residue or lingering oil to ensure that the acid can penetrate the skin as much as possible. The chosen type of chemical for the wrinkle treatment, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid, is then applied using a towelette or sponge. The type of chemical will depend upon your specific skin type and skin concerns—your doctor can help you figure out which one you need. The solution is gently wiped all over the face, covering every nook and cranny.
They will let the acid penetrate for a few minutes while also carefully monitoring the skin to make sure that you are not having any adverse reactions to the wrinkle treatment. Then, a neutralizer is wiped over the face, followed by a serum and finished off with a sunscreen. Sunscreen and adequate sun care is extremely important for your skin after a chemical peel treatment, as it will be more prone to harmful UV damage.
What Can I Expect?
During your chemical peel wrinkle treatment, you can expect to feel a slight tingling and even a warming sensation. Depending upon the concentration of the acid used and how long it’s left on, the feeling will be more intense. Usually a fan is used to help quell any discomfort. Immediately after the wrinkle treatment, you may notice that the skin appears pink or reddish. This will subside anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours following the chemical peel, depending upon how strong your wrinkle treatment was. You will notice flaking or peeling, which is normal, but do not try to pull or peel it yourself—let it happen on its own.
Recovery time and results really depend on the type of chemical peel wrinkle treatment you’re getting. Recovery from a mild glycolic acid peel can take as little as a week, but the results aren’t as drastic and you will more than likely need multiple sessions. On the other hand, the much stronger phenol peel delivers more drastic, noticeable results, but recovery can take as long as three months—as first, the skin will appear red (as if severely sunburned) and crusty, after which it will start to flake and scab before clearing up.
How Does This Wrinkle Treatment Work?
A chemical peel wrinkle treatment accelerates cell turnover and helps to reveal a youthful, more radiant layer of skin, while also diffusing scars and wrinkles. When the top layers of skin are peeled away, the imperfections on it are removed as well.
To attain the best results of this wrinkle treatment, a series of three or more peels is usually required. Chemical peels can also be done on other areas, such as your arms, back, and neck. The chemical peel wrinkle treatment is not recommended for those who smoke or who are prone to cold sores.
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