How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
With a variety of blended formulas for specific skin concerns, chemical peels have become one of the most customizable skin rejuvenation treatments in the cosmetic enhancement industry. The active ingredients are acids—like trichloroacetic (TCA), salicylic, lactic, and others—which exfoliate the top layer of skin to the depth that’s best for the skin irregularities you’re trying to correct. These can be wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and textural and tone concerns. By removing dull or dead skin cells and other debris, your skin responds to the acids with a healing response designed to flake away the damage and reveal new, more youthful and supple skin underneath. It’s like giving your skin a breath of fresh air.
What Kind of Recovery Can I Expect?
The depth of your peel also dictates the length of your recovery period. For light and medium peels, you’ll experience flaking and peeling skin for 4-7 days after your procedure. For a deep peel, you can expect to be recuperating for up to 2 weeks, with significant peeling as well as some swelling and redness. You may also feel stinging, which ice packs and over-the-counter pain management (such as Advil or Motrin) can help minimize. For deep phenol peels, Dr. Stein may prescribe pain medication to help with your comfort during recovery.