Chemical peels can reverse signs of aging and can 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, revealing new cells. It also promotes collagen growth.
A trichloroacetic peel is a medium-strength peels that can be used to reduce wrinkles, or sometimes to treat actinic keratosis, a precancerous lesion. These peels are stronger and affect deeper tissues than alpha-hydroxy (AHA) peels, which means they can provide greater benefits. Unfortunately, it also means they will be more painful and recovery time will be longer.
- Improvement in 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 a must.
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.