A chemical peel is a medical procedure where acid solution (eg, salicylic acid, mandelic acid, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, pyruvic acid) is applied onto the skin in order to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. It gives a fresh appearance and promotes skin regeneration. This procedure is excellent for lessening the skin wrinkles, removal of hyperpigmentation and similar skin irregularities.
Depending on its depth and effect intensity chemical peel can have superficial, medium deep and deep action. The depth effect of chemical peel depends on the type and concentration of acid solution, pH of the solution, number of cycles and duration time.
Chemical peel greatly improves skin condition in photo-aging, acne, fine wrinkles, superficial scars, actinic keratosis and hyperpigmentation. It’s recommended for treatment to be done in fall, winter or spring because of less sunny days with exception to this rule for peeling with mandelic acid which can be done during summer months also.
After cleaning the face, a desired chemical solution is applied which will cause a burning sensation on treated skin after a few minutes. When a corresponding effect is achieved a neutralizing solution is applied to neutralize acid and its further effect. A soothing moisturizer is applied at the end of the treatment.
Following the chemical peel sunscreen usage is strongly advised during the daytime.