Overview of Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling uses a chemical solution in order to improve the skin’s appearance. Chemical peeling involves the application of chemical agents that act to accelerate the normal process of exfoliation. Possible complications associated with chemical peels may include AHA Peels – mild peels including glycolic acid and salicylic acid peels. TCA Peels – moderate peels, which burn the skin to remove skin layers. These are usually performed by doctors. Phenol Peels – severe peels that may require hospitalization. Phenol Peels are slowly being replaced by multiple treatments of TCA peels, as TCA peels allow the patient to heal a lot faster than Phenol Peels. DIY Chemical Peels are often a mixture of AHA and TCA peels combined.

Chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. A chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence, and may be performed in conjunction with a facelift. Chemical peels all come with the same ingredients, but with different concentrations, which is labeled on the peel you decide to purchase. A good chemical peel would soften up the top layers of skin, and over the period of a week, the skin would gently start to flake off. When the top layers of skin fall off, new, red, fresh skin would start to show. A good chemical peel would soften up the top layers of skin, and over the period of a week, the skin would gently start to flake off.

TCA peels are a medium strength peel used to induce a more profound resurfacing effect on the skin. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for chemical peels. Anesthesia is not usually required for TCA peels because the chemical solution acts as an anesthetic. Although, sedation may be used before and during the procedure to help the patient relax. Acid peels another type of chemical peel, typically use alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to treat ailments such as dry skin, acne, sun spots and other skin problems. It is possible for a superficial burn to occur if the solution is left on too long or something has happened to make the skin more sensitive. Colour abnormality or variation may be more pronounced after the peel.