A chemical peel is a procedure that peels away dead skin cells and helps to encourage new, productive cells. This creates a more even tone and texture for your skin, leaving you looking radiant and restored.

If you are considering a chemical peel, you have a lot to think about. There are many benefits to choosing to undergo a chemical peel, but the process can still be overwhelming. This guide will help you determine if a chemical peel is right for you.

Chemical Peel Candidates

You might be a candidate for a chemical peel if you are generally unhappy with the appearance of your skin as a result of sun damage or wrinkles. You might experience skin discoloration or spotting that you want to erase.

Scarring may also be eased with a chemical peel. If you have minor scars on your face, chemical peels may diminish them over time.

Chemical Peel Procedure

When you get a chemical peel, a solution is applied or rubbed into the skin with a brush, sponge or pad. This may induce a small amount of tingling, though deep chemical peels may have a larger amount. The solution will sit on the face until it is neutralized.

If you opt for a deep chemical peel, your doctor will apply ointment or petroleum jelly. Deep chemical peels may also require dressings and bandages for several days. The length of time for recovery will depend on the type of peel you receive.

Chemical Peel Advantages

One of the biggest advantages of a chemical peel is that it requires no sedation or anesthesia. This makes it a procedure many people are not afraid of. Additionally, the medium and light peels require very little recovery time. You will feel back to normal fairly quickly.

Certain chemical peels, especially deep peels, have long-lasting effects. You will not see wrinkles or fine lines emerge as quickly as you would with a lighter peel.

Chemical Peel Disadvantages

One of the biggest disadvantages of a chemical peel is that it can increase sensitivity to the sun or make your pores appear larger. These are short-term issues. If you have undergone a deep chemical peel, you might also notice that your skin appears bleached.

Finally, it is important to be aware of the fact that a chemical peel could worsen certain skin disorders. These include cold sores and allergies. However, if you consult with your dermatologist they will advise you about if you’re a good candidate for a chemical peel.

Chemical Peel Preparation

It is important to prepare for a chemical peel by following your doctor's instructions. You might be given a program that involves gels, lotions or creams. Make sure to stick to your doctor's instructions.

Your doctor will also ask you to stop smoking in the weeks leading up to the procedure. This makes it easier for your body to heal after the peel. It is also important that you stay hydrated to facilitate proper healing.

Chemical Peel Doctors

It is important that you select somebody to perform a chemical peel who is certified and knowledgeable. The right plastic surgeon will have experience with chemical peels, they will keep your skin healthy, and you should feel comfortable with the doctor.

You will go in for an initial consultation with your doctor. During this meeting, you can discuss your goals for the chemical peel and ask any questions you have for the doctor. The doctor will also collect information about your health history, such as your allergies and tendency toward c


old sores. You will also be asked about your use of topical skin medications.

Calais Dermatology Associates can help you determine if a chemical peel is right for you. We offer compassionate dermatological care.