At some point in our lives, we all start to see the effects of aging on our skin. Sun damage, pollution, and the natural aging process can leave skin looking dull, uneven, and wrinkled.

Chemical peels are a popular treatment to help improve the appearance of skin by exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin beneath. If you’re considering a chemical peel, you probably have some questions.

Here are the answers to 10 of the most frequently asked questions about chemical peels.

  1. What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure in which an acidic solution is applied to the skin to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing the newer, healthier skin underneath.

  1. How often should I get a chemical peel?

How often you need a peel will depend on your individual goals and concerns. For most people, periodic peels (every 4-6 weeks) will help maintain results.

  1. What type of acid is used in a chemical peel?

There are three main types of acids used in peels: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). AHAs are derived from natural sources such as fruits and milk products, and BHAs are derived from plants and are more effective at exfoliating oily skin. TCA is a stronger acid and is used for deeper peels.

  1. How long does it take to recover from a chemical peel?

The length of time it takes to recover from a chemical peel will depend on the strength of the peel. A light or superficial peel typically takes about 5-7 days for the skin to heal fully. A medium or deep peel can take up to two weeks or more for recovery.

  1. What are the side effects of a chemical peel?

The most common side effect is redness and inflammation immediately after the procedure. You may also experience flaking or dryness in the days following your peel as your skin adjusts to the new exfoliation process.

  1. Will my skin be sensitive to sunlight after a chemical peel?

Yes, your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight after a chemical peel, so it’s important to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day—even if it’s cloudy!

  1. How much does a chemical peel cost?

A chemical peel at our office starts at $275 per session.

  1. Is there any downtime after a chemical peel?

There is usually no downtime required after light or medium peels; however, deep peels may require 7-14 days before you can return to your normal activities without risk of irritation or infection.

  1. Are there any risks associated with getting a chemical peel?

Like with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks associated with getting a chemical peel—although they are rare. These risks include permanent lightening or darkening of the treated area, infection, scarring, and allergic reactions to the chemicals used in the solution. It’s important that you consult with your doctor ahead of time to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the solution being used for your particular treatment plan.

  1. What are some alternative treatments for wrinkles or sun damage? 

Injections such as Botox or fillers can help diminish wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles or filling in creases caused by volume loss beneath the skin’s surface. Other treatments, such as IPL photofacial or microneedling, can also help improve texture and tone by stimulating collagen production or removing dead skin cells from the surface. As always, sunscreen is key for preventing future sun damage! 

Reveal Youthful Skin with Madison Family Wellness

Chemical peels are popular among men and women looking for refreshed, younger-looking skin. They are also very effective for adults with deep acne scars. The exfoliation process helps improve texture, tone, and wrinkles by removing dead skin cells from the surface. If you’re considering trying out this treatment, contact Madison Family Wellness in Madison, AL. Call (256) 529-4047 or complete the online booking form. We look forward to helping you with all your skincare needs!

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