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A chemical peel is a great way to remove discolorations and smooth the appearance of skin to provide a more youthful texture. You may have seen chemical peel treatments available over-the-counter and wondered whether you could get the same results on your own instead of visiting a dermatologist. These products are not as aggressive as treatments performed by an expert dermatologist. Chemical peel products you buy for home use will not have the same results.
A chemical peel works through controlled damage of the skin surface. The top layers of skin are removed through the use of chemicals that penetrate to varying depths depending on your unique situation. The skin’s natural healing process is started after the treatment, which results in a smoother and more even appearance when the healing is complete. A chemical peel is all about regenerating the skin and starting fresh by removing discolored and damaged skin layers. Chemical peels may also be used in conjunction with other procedures such as laser treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scars, sun damaged skin, and acne discoloration. Wrinkling and sunspots from excessive sun exposure can be removed or reduced through a chemical peel treatment.
One to three weeks before a chemical peel you will need to start preparing your skin with a cleansing routine and possibly the use of other topical medicines as determined by your dermatologist. This is to make sure the chemical peel results are more even and that the skin heals more rapidly.
After a chemical peel the skin is especially sensitive and extra care should be taken to protect it by avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen. After the healing process you should continue to wear sunscreen as new skin is especially susceptible to sun damage and discoloration. Moisturizer should be used daily and you should adhere to any other cleaning or skin care regimen your dermatologist tells you to follow.
Are you interested in improving your skin with a chemical peel treatment? Schedule a consultation at one of our 13 conveniently located offices. We have locations in New York in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and offices in Ridgewood and Summit, New Jersey. For more information: contact us.