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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Chemical Peels?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Chemical Peels?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Chemical Peels?
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lauren Nawrocki

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lauren Nawrocki

Dr. Nawrocki splits her time between a local hospital, teaching at a university, and offering advanced treatments like anti-aging and IV nutrient therapies at Green Relief Health in Baltimore. She personally attends to each patient for various services and is certified in Botox, Dysport, Medical Weight Loss, and Dermal Fillers, as well as IV nutrient therapy. Dr. Nawrocki is a member of the AAFE, AAAM, and IFM.

The popularity of chemical peels skyrocketed around 30 years ago when word spread that they could be used to treat a variety of skin problems. Their initial popularity waned as more accessible modern spa treatments such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion became, but now, they are enjoying a renaissance because of their shown efficacy.

Any cosmetic therapy has a certain chance of adverse consequences, even though chemical peels are often advised as a non-invasive alternative to surgical anti-aging operations. So that you may make a well-informed decision, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of chemical peels in this piece. But first, let’s talk about just what a chemical peel is.

What Is A Chemical Peel?

In a procedure known as a chemical peel, the skin’s outermost layers are removed with an exfoliating chemical solution. The deeper the regeneration of the skin, the smoother it will be. 

You may need to undergo multiple treatments to see benefits from a mild or medium peel.

A chemical peel can often improve wrinkles, discoloration, and facial scars. These procedures can be performed singly or in combination with others. 

Also, they can be as simple or complex as you choose. However, expect more downtime will be required for healing after a deeper chemical peel, but the benefits will be more evident.

Types Of Chemical Peels

Different chemical peels have different concentrations and are more effective in treating specific issues.

  • Light Chemical Peel: Acne and other skin defects can be reduced in severity, and the skin’s overall appearance improves with light chemical peels. This pick-me-up won’t require too much time out of your day. Your skin may feel dry, appear red, and be more sensitive to light immediately following a moderate chemical peel; however, these effects should fade over the next day. The most common acid in light peels is glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and maleic acid.
  • Medium Chemical Peel: Patients with acne scars, melasma scars, hyperpigmentation scars, or the initial signs of aging in the papillary dermis may benefit from a medium chemical peel. After a medium chemical peel, you will need to rest. You should expect minor side effects like redness, itching, peeling skin, and slight swelling, but these should go away in a week or two. Medium-strength peels use acids that are a step up from light peels but still gentle on the skin, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, maleic acid, and Jessner’s solution.
  • Deep Chemical Peel: Candidates for a deep chemical peel include those with severe scarring, deep wrinkles, and other skin care concerns that would not be improved with a less aggressive peel. Deep chemical peels are the most invasive, require anesthetics, and take the longest to heal from. In the aftermath of a chemical peel, your skin will be red, puffy, crusty, flaky, and peeling for about two weeks. TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or phenolic acid is the acid of choice for deep chemical peels.

Pros And Cons Of Chemical Peels

Do you intend to get a chemical peel on your next trip to the spa? Because there are several options for making your skin look younger, you may wonder if chemical peeling is the best. 

Suppose you’d prefer to put off the onset of visible signs of aging as long as possible without resorting to invasive cosmetic surgery; consider getting a chemical peel. But you should realize that there are risks connected with this treatment, just like there are with any other.

 Here, we’ll go through some pros and cons of getting a chemical peel so you can make an informed decision.

1. a) Pro: Chemical peels can help reduce wrinkles

Chemical peels offer a slight skin-tightening effect, making them helpful in treating wrinkles. They can be used instead of Botox to reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth and eyes.

1. b) Con: But its wrinkle-reducing effects are limited

Since chemical peels are meant to remove the skin’s outer layer and have minor skin-firming benefits, they are not likely to affect deep-set wrinkles like the main lines on the forehead. Regrettably, we must tell you that a chemical peel will not make you seem ten years younger. Avoid wasting money on a treatment that you already know won’t work.

2. a) Reduces Pigmentation

Using a chemical peel, the topmost layers of skin are removed, peeling off any discoloration, freckling, or age spots behind.

2. b) Can Cause Pigmentation

The skin may suffer more damage than expected from the harsh chemicals used. These factors may temporarily or permanently lighten a person’s skin tone. Though those with lighter skin tones might not be affected at all, those with darker complexions should be prepared for the risk that they might.

3. a) Smoothes The Skin

Dead skin cells can be exfoliated with a chemical peel to reveal new skin that is healthier and smoother than before. The potential of chemical peels to make skin appear healthier and younger has contributed to their widespread popularity.

3. b) It Can Cause More Skin Problems

It is usual for the skin to look dry and scaly before it begins to peel during a chemical peel. This usually only lasts three to seven days for a gentle peel, but it can last longer for those with sensitive skin and cause blisters, crusts, and possibly permanent scars. You won’t achieve the dewy, youthful appearance you were going for, and your skin may become uncomfortable and tight.

Find The Right Provider

Chemical peels have their benefits, but only if they are appropriate for your skin type. The best thing to do is to consult with a dermatologist or a cosmetician who specializes in the treatment, let them examine your skin, and then they can tell you if you are a good candidate for the surgery. 

Consider the benefits and the drawbacks, and remember that this may not be the rapid solution you were looking for.

Check out their profiles and customer feedback online to find the best supplier to perform your chemical peel. However, you may save all this hassle by scheduling a chemical appointment at our clinic, Green Relief Health

If you look at our profile, you will find that our clients are delighted with the services we have done for them.

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