How Safe Is a Chemical Peel? What Are the Side Effects?

 How Safe Is a Chemical Peel? What Are the Side Effects?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment designed to improve your skin's appearance by applying a special chemical solution like glycolic acid to the topmost layer of your skin and encouraging it to heal. This dermatological treatment is effective at removing the skin's surface layers to reveal brighter and younger-looking skin. If you have lines, mild scarring, age spots, shallow wrinkles, or your skin is sun-damaged, get in touch with a professional as you might be a good candidate for chemical face peels.

The process begins with a gentle skin cleansing to effectively remove dirt and dead skin cells that may affect treatment. How it works is that your skin will start to peel after the session but is chemical peeling good or bad? Because of the chemical applied to your skin, it will cause the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This isn't a bad thing, as your skin will start to heal itself after the treatment. It will produce elastin and collagen, which are essential to smoothen your skin and improve its appearance.

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Like most skin treatments, chemical peels aren't permanent. But the results can be astounding, especially when the treatment is right for you and you work with a trusted and reliable dermatologist.

Chemical peels are generally safe but if you are in doubt, we highly suggest you get in touch with your dermatologist. Contact a professional if you have incredibly sensitive skin, skin allergies, are pregnant, or on medications. Dermatologists are trained to help evaluate whether you are a good candidate for chemical peels or not.

Chemical Peel Side Effects

Depending on the intensity of the chemical peel treatment, some people may feel discomfort or a burning sensation that may last five to 10 minutes. To lessen the discomfort, your dermatologist may apply a topical anesthetic before your treatment and asks you to apply a cold compress after the process.

A side effect is similar to getting a sunburn as your skin will peel and may look reddish. You can do mild peels in one to 4-week intervals until you get the look you get your desired appearance. Medium peels may result in swelling or blisters, and you may need bandages on some parts of your skin.

Contact NEDA for Skin Solutions

Chemical peels can help reduce fine lines, treat certain types of acne and sun damage, and reduce dark patches or age spots. If you want to improve your skin's appearance, please don't hesitate to contact us to request an appointment. You may also book online or contact us if you need more information.

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