A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers resulting in smoother skin. Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin, and scars — typically on the face.
A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back is smoother. Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin and scars — usually on the face. They can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures. And they can be done at different depths, from light to deep.
A chemical peel can cause various side effects, including:
Redness, scabbing and swelling. Normal healing from a chemical peel involves redness of the treated skin. After a medium or deep chemical peel, redness might last for a few months.
Scarring. Rarely, a chemical peel can cause scarring — typically on the lower part of the face. Antibiotics and steroid medications can be used to soften the appearance of these scars.
Changes in skin color. A chemical peel can cause treated skin to become darker than normal (hyperpigmentation) or lighter than normal (hypopigmentation). Hyperpigmentation is more common after superficial peels, while hypopigmentation is more common after a deep peel. These problems are more common in people with skin of color and can sometimes be permanent. We recommend the right strength of chemical peel to reduce the chance of experiencing this side effect. Individuals with darker skin colors are pre treated with hydroquinone to reduce the chances of changes in skin color.
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