What Is A Chemical Peel?

SoCal Eye and Chemical Peel in Long Beach

A Chemical Peel or Facial Peel is one of the Cosmetic Procedures performed by a skilled SoCal Eye doctor in our Los Alamitos and Long Beach office locations.

As we age, the dead skin cells do not slough off as easily as when we are younger, causing our skin to appear dull. A chemical peel is a deep exfoliation of the skin using a chemical solution that helps to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. You will look refreshed and rejuvenated.

Chemical Peel Before and After

How is a Chemical Peel performed?

A chemical solution such as alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the face or to specific areas in order to deeply exfoliate the skin. During the procedure, most patients experience a slight tingling or stinging sensation that lasts for about 5-10 minutes. The length of time that the chemical solution is left to work on the skin depends on the patient’s condition. The chemical solution is then removed, and a moisturizer or ointment is applied to the skin. After approximately 3-7 days, the exfoliated layer of skin will “peel” off, revealing the new layer of skin underneath that is brighter, smoother, and less wrinkled.

What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel or Facial Peel?

A chemical peel is typically a good choice for those seeking a minimally invasive way to improve the appearance of the skin. Chemical Peel benefits include:

  • Reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and freckles
  • Repair of sun damage
  • Improve the appearance of acne, acne scars and other mild scarring
  • Correct irregular skin pigmentation or discoloration
  • Smooth out rough or scaly patches on the face

What should I expect after a Chemical Peel?

After a chemical peel, your skin will peel for 3-7 days depending on the type of solution used. Naturally, you will need to treat your skin with extra care, and certain activities that expose you to heat (e.g. sitting in a sauna) or ultraviolet light (e.g. tanning) should be avoided. Perhaps most importantly, broad-spectrum high SPF sun screen should be worn on the face for at least 6 weeks following a skin peel, even when not spending significant time in the sun. The chemical peel accelerates the exfoliation process, which makes the skin beneath more susceptible to skin damage.

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