Facial peels are popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that leaves the skin with a younger, healthier and more radiant appearance. As we age, our skin can appear dull and uneven from years of damage from sun and other environmental factors we are exposed to. When we are young, our skin cells routinely slough off allowing newer more luminous skin to continually appear. However, that process slows down significantly with age. Facial peels work to remove that top layer of damaged and aged skin, revitalizing and refreshing one’s skin and overall appearance. Facial peels consist of safe, well-studied and widely used chemical solutions that are applied to the face or just to certain regions, such as the crow’s feet area around your eyes or the vertical wrinkles around the mouth.
Facial peels are an excellent treatment option for those looking for a way to reverse years of sun exposure such as discolorations and wrinkles. Facial peels also reduce the prominence of scars and blotches. Precancerous skin growths, known as actinic keratosis, can also be treated with facial peels. Most facial peels have minimal aftercare and recovery but some deeper facial peels can be intense and may have a longer recovery. These, however, can produce longer lasting effects on deep wrinkles or furrows. The chemicals used during facial peels can aggravate pre-existing skin conditions so be sure whoever is administering your facial peel is aware of any skin conditions you may have or had.
Facial peels require no sedation and can be performed in the comfort of your specialist’s office. The solution is applied either lightly to the surface or rubbed into the skin with a sponge, cotton pad, swab or brush. A tingling or sometimes burning sensation may be felt as the process of eliminating the damaged skin begins. The sensation may be more intense during the deeper peels but is typically minimal for the lighter and medium peels. Petroleum jelly or specially formulated recovery ointment may be recommended to aid in healing for the next day or two.