Chemical Peel (cont.)
In this Article
- What conditions does a chemical peel treat?
- Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?
- How are chemical peels performed?
- Preparing for a chemical peel
- What to expect during the procedure
- What to expect after the chemical peel
- What are the possible complications of chemical peels?
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. However, the risk of an uneven skin tone after the procedure is increased.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
A chemical peel can be performed in a doctor's office or in a surgery center as an outpatient procedure.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol), are applied to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, regenerated skin to appear.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
Prior to the chemical peel, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin with topical preconditioning medications such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid. After the chemical peel, it's important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.
If you have been prescribed oral antibiotics or an oral antiviral medicine, you should begin taking those as directed. Typically, the oral antibiotics are prescribed depending on the depth of the chemical peel.
Remember to ask your doctor if you need to have someone drive you home.
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