Are chemical peels really painful?

Are chemical peels really painful?

The most common misconceptions are chemical peels are really painful, or the side effects are severe. Each person will react differently to skin treatment of all kinds. However the side effects of chemical peels should be mild, and healing should be completed within two weeks. For maximum results, chemical peel takes several treatment sessions with an interval of months to astonish how much your skin would look better.

Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures as they can remove signs of aging, some types of acne, and skin discoloration. Whether you receive a chemical peel to diminish signs of aging or treat a skin condition, you can see fewer fine lines, more even skin tone, brighter complexion, and smoother skin. 

If you have never had a chemical peel, you may be wondering what this treatment is. It is a type of treatment that uses chemicals including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and trichloroacetic acid to peel layers of the skin, revealing healthy, new skin below.

Depending on your specific needs and the recommendation of your dermatologist, you may choose a chemical peel that ranges from very light to improve uneven skin tone or other mild symptoms. You may also choose a chemical peel that goes deeper to address fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. The three types of chemical peels include: 

Superficial peels use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to exfoliate gently. It only penetrates the outermost layer of the skin. Medium peels use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layers of the skin. This makes it more effective for removing damaged skin cells. Deep peels fully penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells, and these often use phenol or trichloroacetic acid.

Chemical peels are usually done in your dermatologist’s clinic with no or mild anesthesia. For patients receiving deeper chemical peels, a mild sedative may be used on the day of the procedure. Before the process begins, the area to be treated will be cleaned and dried thoroughly.

The peel itself involves applying a chemical solution to the skin and allowing it to sit. You may notice some stinging or discomfort as the solution sits on the skin. Then, depending on the type of chemical peel used, the dermatologist may apply a neutralizing agent to the treatment area. 

Most often, the entire area is treated at once. Still, sometimes deeper chemical peels are performed in small sections, which allows the dermatologist to monitor your response carefully and adjust treatment.

We know you can get a chemical peel at the spa or even perform one at home, but we recommend you talk to a dermatologist before you do. This ensures you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about which chemical peel procedure is suitable for your skin. Still unsure if chemical peel will suit you? We recommend that you talk to one of our GLOJAS Doctors to achieve that smooth skin and healthy glow.

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