What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a skin treatment technique used to treat of skin diseases, using a chemical solution which causes an accelerated renewal of the skin’s cells, causing dead cells to eventually peel off. The new regenerated skin is therefore smoother, lighter and less wrinkled than the old skin and it is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
How does the peeling process work?
Prior to a chemical peel, skin needs to be prepped with a product that is able to degrease the surface of skin. Then, a chemical acid solution is applied to the skin surface and left there for a specific period of time so that the product can act on the skin. After this time, another chemical solution is applied to neutralise the traces of the acid that raise the pH of the skin to counteract the aggressive effects of acids. Over the next 1 to 14 days, depending on how deep the chemical peeling has acted, the skin peels off. This procedure destroys part of the skin cell connections in a controlled way, so that renewed and healthy skin can grow.