A chemical peel is a treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back is smoother. Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin and scars — usually on the face. They can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures. And, they can be done at different depths, from light to deep. Deeper chemical peels offer more dramatic results, but also take longer to recover from.
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure. Depending on the issues you’re addressing, you’ll choose a chemical peel in one of three depths:
- Light chemical peel. A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin.. It’s used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness. You may repeat a light peel every two to five weeks.
- Medium chemical peel. A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin. It’s used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. You may need to repeat the procedure to achieve or maintain your desired result.
- Deep chemical peel. A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper. Your doctor may recommend one for deep wrinkles, scars or pre-cancerous growths. You will not need repeat procedures to get the full effect.