Chemical peels are skin resurfacing procedures that are used for the purposes of exfoliating sun-damaged, thickened surface skin while stimulating collagen production for firmer skin. With a chemical peel treatment, you can expect minor to major improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, skin discolorations, skin texture, rebuilding of collagen, removal of blackheads, and a temporary reduction in excessive oil production.
The procedures can make skin smoother, help fade brown spots and an uneven skin tone from sun damage, and generally make skin’s surface look fresher and younger. Having peels done on a regular basis, every 6-8 weeks, will lead to collagen stimulation that improves the appearance of wrinkles.
Some redness, swelling, and increased skin sensitivity can occur with peels. You may also experience a period of intense flaking as the old, damaged skin is replaced by fresh, smooth new skin. Whether to have a peel and what type to get depends on the condition of your skin, your skin type, and keeping your expectations realistic.
Peels are helpful for improving skin tone, texture, and for some cases of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) but for best results, they must be accompanied by daily use of a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater along with an anti-aging skincare routine.