Immediately after the peel, you should notice a little redness or irritation, which only lasts a short time. Afterwards, you will notice softening of fine lines and wrinkles, and a leveling of acne scars and fading of hyperpigmentation.
A chemical peel is a non-surgical solution to reveal newer, fresher skin for the face, neck and hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing the older damaged layers to blister off. The benefits of chemical peels include the following:
- Lightens dark patches, freckles and age spots
- Reduces fine lines around mouth and eyes
- Treats wrinkles caused by the sun, aging and heredity
- Controls some acne
- Removes some pre-cancerous lesions
- Improves appearance of mild scarring
- Improves the look, color and texture of skin
What to Expect After a Peel
The response to these treatments can vary depending on the patient’s skin type and depending on how many peels the patient has had. Most will just have some mild redness of their skin right after the peel that will look like they have had mild sunburn and if desired, women are able to put on moisturizer and makeup directly after the treatment and can go back to work and resume their regular activities.
Over the next several days, there may be a fine peeling or scaling of the skin, very rarely some crusting or scab formation may form and oftentimes there is actually no visible exfoliation. However, even without visible peeling or irritation most patients will notice that their skin feels softer and smoother and will see fading of areas of discoloration.
You may experience temporary redness, akin to mild sunburn, which can last for a few hours to a few days, depending on your skin type. Only the lesions treated (not the entire surface area) will darken and crust naturally shedding from the skin after approximately 10 days.
This process is mildly noticeable but won’t dramatically affect your appearance. It is important to protect treated skin from the damaging rays of the sun using a full-spectrum sunblock.