Our skin is comprised of several layers. As new cells grow below, older cells shed off the top layer of the skin. A chemical peel works to hasten this process, revealing newer and healthier cells below the skin’s surface. To do this, a chemical peel uses acids that raise the acidity of the skin to about 3.8 pH. This shift in acidity loosens the substance that adheres dead cells to healthier skin below. A chemical peel can cause redness and irritation but this tends to heal quickly, leaving the skin refreshed and healthy.
Chemical peels are used in the treatment of a wide range of skin conditions, including wrinkles, discolorations and scars. When used in tandem with a quality skin care regimen and topical creams, a chemical peel can leave tired, older or damaged skin looking fresh and new. Chemical peels are also particularly effective at treating some forms of acne and can reduce the appearance of melasma resulting from pregnancy or birth control. A chemical peel can be applied on the neck or face but is also sometimes used on the hands, as they can show signs of aging not as evident elsewhere on the body.
We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if a chemical peel is the best treatment option for you.