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How Do Chemical Peels Actually Work?

June 5, 2018

 

More than 90% of visible changes in the skin attributed to aging, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, are caused by sun exposure. Although we can apply sunscreen, sun exposure is sometimes inevitable. After all, we have to go outside sometimes.

 

Fortunately, chemicals peels can help to improve the skin's appearance even after the sun's had its unwanted effects. But what exactly are chemical peels and how can they be used to treat sun damaged skin and fine lines?

 

Chemical Peels: How Do They Work?

A chemical peel is a chemical solution that's applied to the skin. With some peels, the skin "blisters" in response to the solution so that the topmost layer will shed to make room for a less wrinkled and smoother layer underneath. With other types of peels, the skin will just gradually improve and no visible peeling is seen.

 

Think of it like a snake using a solution to manually shed its skin for a shinier, new layer of skin just beneath the surface.

 

A chemical peel can be used on more than just the face. It can also be used on the hands or neck for an anti-aging effect. In fact, a chemical peel can improve the appearance of small scars, treat wrinkles, reduce fine lines, treat acne, reduce age-induced dark spots, and improve the overall look of your skin.

 

After receiving a chemical peel, you may experience some temporary sensitivity to the sun. For this reason, it's in your best interest to wear sunscreen that protects your skin from UVB and UVA rays. The sunscreen you use is also recommended to be above SPF 30.

 

But that's only if you need to be in the sun. It's typically recommended that you limit the amount of time you spend in the sun to reduce direct exposure. This is especially important between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun is at its highest point in the sky.

 

Although a chemical peel can improve the look of your skin, there are a few things it may not be able to fix. Chemicals peels may not work on deep-set wrinkles or skin sagging. Other medical procedures may be necessary to alter these features prior to receiving a chemical peel.

 

Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate your skin and regain a youthful appearance. For more information or to schedule a chemical peel, contact Allure Laser & Medical Spa today.

 

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