Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes. The strength of each peel is tailored to the patient. Peels can be combined with other procedures for additional improvement to skin.
Chemical Peel Procedure
During a TCA or phenol peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied; there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering.
Side Effects of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun.