What is a Chemical Peel?

The chemical peel is hot these days–many, many ladies who care about their beauty are flocking to their local spa or salon to get one done. But it’s not so simple to say what it “is,” is it? The name’s a bit strange, maybe even gross, and so it’s best to take some time to realize how useful this process really is, and where it’s different from other treatments.

The chemical peel does use chemicals, and it does technically get rid of layers of skin over a certain period. But the first thing to note is that there’s not always much of a “peeling” effect. So if the idea of “peeling” turns you off the chemical peel, don’t worry. The slight peeling happens over the course of several days, with most procedures. And there is a great range of chemical options (AHA, THA, VI, etc.) so you can customize your peel for your face and your schedule. Don’t want your skin to be reacting over the course of several days? Fine, pick the right chemical and concentration; talk with your professional about this. Of course, if you really want no visible changes in your skin to happen on the day after the procedure (if you want it all to happen right away instead), then you may be better off with laser or microdermabrasion procedures.

So, now that we know what it is, what is a chemical peel for? The procedure is great for reducing signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations, and all the rest). But it’s also good for acne and other random problems. Check out some chemical peel before and after slides at your favorite blogs to see some examples. The effects are pretty dramatic for most people!

And what about chemical peel cost? Well, because the peel is done with a topical solution (doctor speak for something you put on your skin), you don’t need to worry about the costs of machines and other technology that can run up the price. So it’s pretty affordable, in addition to being a great and safe way to rejuvenate your face.

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