Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Peel

November 15, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Peels

More and more practiced in aesthetic clinics, chemical peeling consists of exfoliating a layer, more or less important, of the skin in order to rid it of these imperfections. Chemical peeling is a medical treatment to get rejuvenated, healthier, and more glowing skin.

Let’s see in more detail how a chemical peel is performed, and what are the expected effects depending on the type of peel executed.

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peeling is also named “Acid Peeling”. It consists of applying an acidic substance to the skin of the face in order to make it peel. The product used will exfoliate the skin more or less deeply, relying on the concentration of acid and the time of application.

All these factors are defined by the doctor during the primary consultation. Facial peeling is an act of aesthetic medicine carried out in the clinic by skilled and professional experts.

The liquid substance is applied to the skin utilizing a brush. It is the acids contained in the product that will then work to exfoliate the skin. It does not involve the usage of a device or needles.

There are various types of facial peeling. We are talking about chemical peeling as opposed to mechanical peeling. The latter consists of peeling the skin through a mechanical modeling action with duplicated movements on the face and on the areas to be treated. It is an exfoliation process obtained by rubbing small natural abrasive grains such as fruit pits.

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Why do a chemical peel?

The purpose of a chemical peel is to make “new skin”. Concretely, we want to renew the superficial layer of the skin and stimulate cell rejuvenation to obtain more attractive, smoother, and brighter skin.

Depending on the sort of peel selected, the chemical peel can treat different skin problems:

  • Treat acne in adults;
  • Erase imperfections;
  • Reduce superficial scars, such as acne scars;
  • Tighten dilated pores;
  • Eliminate blackheads and comedones;
  • Reduce redness;
  • Act on couperose and rosacea;
  • Smooth the skin, and reduce wrinkles;
  • Give a boost to your face.

The different types of peeling

Chemical Peeling
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There are three types of peels that penetrate the skin to various depths. Depending on the expected result, the chemical peel stops at the epidermis (the external layer of the skin) and goes down to the middle or even deep dermis. Only certified doctors in aesthetic clinics can achieve medium or deep peels.

The superficial peel

It consists of exfoliating the most superficial layers of the skin. This kind of peel does not generate any social eviction. It is made most of the time based on glycolic acid obtained from fruit acids. It is safe for the skin, has no side effects, and can be repeated over one or more sessions. Some slight redness and irritation may appear and disappear within hours of treatment.

The medium peel

A medium peel is a chemical peel performed with TCA (Trichloroacetic) acid. It works on the middle dermis to effectively treat skin issues such as wrinkles, pigment spots, or acne scars.

The deep peel

It is rarely performed because it is similar to a medical operation under local or general anesthesia. The results of the operation are heavy and social eviction is inevitable. This kind of peeling makes it attainable to reach deep wrinkles and hollow scars. A single session is sufficient to obtain excellent results.

The results obtained with a chemical peeling

For superficial peels, the consequences are progressive and exponential over the sessions. The protocol (number of sessions and their spacing) is adjusted to your skin concern and the desired result.

The results obtained with a facial peel are as follows:

  • The complexion is unified and brighter;
  • The skin texture is refined;
  • The pores are tightened;
  • The skin is smoother;
  • Facial wrinkles are reduced;
  • Acne scars are faded;
  • Pigmentation spots are reduced.
  • Chemical peeling is a non-invasive treatment, which can be completed safely in a specialized aesthetic clinic.

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Margaud Raynaud is a beauty expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and tips with others and has a particular interest in skincare and makeup. When she's not writing about health and beauty, Margaud enjoys trying out new products and experimenting with different looks. Follow her blog for expert advice and inspiration for living your best life.

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  • Chemical peel Improve the skin’s color, clarity, tone and texture, but also stimulating new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion.

    Estela Scott November 23, 2022 8:51 pm