The use of a chemical solution by the physician to improve and smoothen the texture of the skin.
Chemical peels can be used for facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are the main two ingredients but the precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient’s needs.
AHAs are mainly helpful for smoothing rough, dry skin and for control of acne in addition to correct pigment problems.
What should first be done before considering a chemical peel?
A thorough evaluation by a dermatologic surgeon is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.
When is a chemical peel appropriate?
Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:
- Acne scars
- Aging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sun damaged skin
- Sagging skin