Chemical Peels: Facts vs. FictionChemical peels can help restore a youthful appearance to a person’s skin by removing its damaged outer layers. Additionally, they can help lighten or eliminate the appearance of common skin concerns, such as acne scars. However despite the popularity of chemical peels, there are still many misconceptions about this procedure.

Chemical Peels: Facts vs. Fiction

  1. Chemical peels require a long recovery period. Because the words “chemical” and “peel” sound intimidating, many patients believe this treatment will be painful and require a great deal of downtime afterwards. However, most chemical peels are mild with few side-effects and no downtime necessary. It is true, however, that undergoing a deeper chemical peel will require some downtime, though not usually a significant amount of time.
  2. Chemical peels can be done at home. With mild chemical peels now available for at-home use, some patients opt to perform their own peels at home. However, unless you have a significant amount of experience in performing chemical peels, this should not be performed at home! Chemical peels performed by someone without experience in the treatment can cause severe damage to the skin, including permanent scarring or skin discoloration. Instead, consult your dermatologist when considering a chemical peel.
  3. People with sensitive skin should not have a chemical peel. Patients of any skin type or texture can benefit from a chemical peel. In fact, mild chemical peels are especially good for patients with sensitive skin, since those peels can exfoliate dead skin cells and help stimulate healthy growth of skin cells.
  4. Chemical peels are great for anyone. While its true that chemical peels benefit patients of various skin types, they may not be right for everyone. Generally speaking, chemical peels should not be performed on pregnant women, because of the chemicals used in the procedure. The best candidates for chemical peels are patients who are physically healthy with mild to severe facial aging, and who have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them.


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