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Do you ever find yourself thinking about how persistent and stubborn some of your skin issues are? It might seem that you lead a good, healthy lifestyle and use all the right products yet still experience issues. Maybe sunspots won’t go away no matter how many high-quality serums you try on them, wrinkles stay stubbornly set in place despite your efforts to reign them in, or you have recurring acne and/or other irritating skin conditions like rosacea.
If this sounds at all familiar, Vine Vera would like to talk to you about a non-surgical procedure that might be the answer for your predicament; chemical peeling.
What is Chemical Peeling?
A chemical peel is a procedure performed by a dermatologist, wherein a strong chemical solution is applied to the facial skin and left on for a certain amount of time. The dermatologist will monitor the skin closely to decide when the solution should be removed. At first, the skin will be irritated, and you’ll have special care instructions for it afterward, but—like an incredibly deep exfoliation session—the peel will remove several layers of exterior skin to expose new, more supple and younger-looking skin underneath.
Do note that as a sensitive dermatological procedure that can be very damaging if done improperly, you should only be getting chemical peels from a dermatologist.
Should I Get a Chemical Peel?
Whether or not a chemical peel might be right for you can depend on a lot of factors, such as what skin issues you have that you’re hoping the peel helps with, how severe they are, what your general health is like, and whether the side effects and recovery process will be worth the results for you.
Chemical peels can help reduce fine lines, particularly in the mouth and eye area, greatly improve the appearance of wrinkles, minimize the appearance of scars (the smaller or milder the scar, the more effective this will be), treat acne, and help with dark spots. Chemical can also improve the feel and overall look of the skin.
After a chemical peel, there is a recovery process, and depending on the type of peel you got (there are mild, moderate, and deep versions) you could have to deal with redness, scaling, pain, and more (we’ll touch on that in more detail next).
Note that if you have a medium to dark skin, chemical peeling could still work for you, but it carries the additional risk of causing discoloration, so discuss this with your dermatologist before making a decision.
What Are My Options?
Chemical peels come in several types, ranging from mild to deep. Mild peels are fairly gentle and you will probably need several of them over a few weeks in a series of sessions. They are effective at treating minor issues, and will still very much improve the look and feel of your skin, though more difficult issues like deep lines and hard-set wrinkles may not be very affected. Recovery is pretty quick, and usually involves some minor redness or scaling, though you are allowed to use makeup and other products right away. Medium peels are fairly similar in terms of recovery, though it will take a bit longer; probably a few weeks, and can treat moderate issues that mild peels might not.
Deep peels are very intensive and can even help a good deal with the most stubborn lines and wrinkles, but they are also much harder to recover from; the area will be bandaged for awhile, and you’ll have to avoid sun exposure completely for months, among other things.