A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that involves the application of an acidic solution to affected areas on your face to remove imperfections like fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and the damaged outer layers of the skin.
The procedure can be divided into three levels depending on the concentration of acid used. The different levels determine the duration of the procedure and the time it takes to fully recover from the treatment. The three levels are light-depth chemical peel, medium-depth chemical peel, and deep chemical peel.
For people with needs that don’t require more intensive treatments, a light-depth chemical peel will get the job done.
The Light-depth Chemical Peel
A light-depth chemical peel can be used to remove superficial lines, blemishes, and acne. It is even beneficial in solving uneven pigmentation problems. The chemicals used in a light-grade peel are mild acids that are often used as home remedies. These acids are known to have very little to no side effects and cause minimal downtime.
The main component of a light-grade peel is alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA). It can be derived from multiple natural sources like fruits and vegetables. Some common AHA acids are glycolic acid extracted from sugar cane, malic acid extracted from pears and apples, lactic acid derived from milk, tartaric acid found in grapes, and citric acid sourced from lemons and oranges.
Some doctors may prefer to use beta hydroxy acid like salicylic acid for a light-depth peel treatment. Salicylic acid has been used to treat acne for a long time. It is known to exfoliate your skin and help in oxidation too. It will rejuvenate your skin and make it look young, fresh, and beautiful.
Depending on the concentration, your surgeon may not need to apply anesthesia or other numbing agents. Sometimes, a light topical anesthesia with no side effects may be recommended to limit discomfort. Due to the minimal nature of a light-grade peel, you can return to work almost immediately after the procedure. There are also no restrictions on using make up.
Recommended Lifestyle Changes After the Treatment
Your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking a few weeks before and after the treatment. If you are currently using an acne medication, you will need to stop using it to be considered a good candidate. You will also need to be in good health and cleared of any skin infections.
In a pre-treatment consultation session, your doctor will ask you to provide a full breakdown of your medical history and also ask you to appear for a few pre-treatment sessions where mild moisturizing creams may be used to make your skin more suited for the treatment.
After the treatment is complete, your doctor may recommend a moisturizer, a mild cleanser, and anything else that may help facilitate a speedy recovery.
You may experience a slight tingling sensation during the process but it is mild and will subside quickly. Your skin’s rejuvenated appearance will be noticeable in two to three days. You will notice improved, texture, pigmentation, and a better skin tone.
Contact Our Office
A chemical peel can help you rejuvenate your youthful appearance and correct skin abnormalities without being highly invasive or cause downtime. You should contact our office if you’re interested in learning more about the procedure. Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, will help you acquire the youthful skin you desire.