Chemical peels are typically used to reverse signs of skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, and to correct minor scarring usually caused by inflammatory acne. The products used in chemical peels are extremely acidic; they work by burning the top layer of the skin, which contains dead skin cells and exposing new cells. They also promote collagen growth.
Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels, also known as glycolic peels, are relatively light peels, with a recovery time of a week at most. The treated area will swell within hours following treatment, and peel over a few days. After the skin crusts, full recovery is expected in a week.
- Improvement skin texture and tone
- Can correct minor acne scarring
- Short recovery time
- Procedure is affordable
There is a risk of prolonged skin irritation after the procedure. The peeled area will sting for some time, as the top layer of the skin is damaged. Sun sensitivity is also extremely common after application, so use of sunscreens is strongly recommended.
The cost can vary widely depending on where you have the procedure done. OTC home kits are inexpensive, while spas may charge more, but they generally range from $50 to $300. The price will depend a lot on what the treatment is for, and how extensive the treatment is.