Chemical peels are one of the most trusted and extensively sanctioned approaches to enhance overall skin health. Chemical peels work to correct past damage by exfoliating the skin which promotes the cellular turnover process. Many studies have shown that all chemical peel solutions stimulate collagen production, which assists in anti-aging and skin repair.
Many people who have never had a chemical peel assume they are painful. While chemical peels may sting and cause slight redness and irritation, they are for the most part pain free. Slight discomfort is the only real “pain” normally experienced.
There are many different types of chemical peels, each targeting a specific concern. The most common types of chemical peels address wrinkles, acne, hydration, and hyperpigmentation. Knowing your skin type as well as the different types of peels available will help you determine which peel/peels will work for you.
Chemical peels are not for everyone. If you are nursing or pregnant, have taken Accutane within the last six months, have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea, or using any type of Retin-A (or anything similar) then other options may be available.