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Illustration of chemical skin peels

If you are frustrated by acne scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and photodamage, then you may wish to ask your dermatologist if a chemical peel could be right for you. Chemical peels work by removing layers of skin that hold damage to show healthier skin underneath. They vary in strength, from mild peels that don’t require any recovery period to deeper peels that can cause a period of inflammation afterward. Your dermatologist can help you determine what kind of peel is right for you. If you decide to get a chemical peel, here is a look at what you can expect during the procedure.

Preparation

Before your chemical peel begins, your dermatologist will thoroughly cleanse your face. Depending on the type of peel you are having, he or she may also cover your eyes using goggles or a protective ointment. Your hair will also be pulled back from your face, if necessary. If you are having a light peel, then you will not need any kind of pain management. For deeper peels, you may be offered a painkiller or a sedative. For the deepest kind of chemical peel, you may also be given IV fluids and a stronger anesthetic.

Procedure

Your dermatologist will apply whatever chemical agent is being used to your face with a cotton applicator or piece of gauze. The type of chemical used depends on how deep the peel is. Your skin will begin to turn white as the chemical starts to work. For a light peel, a neutralizing solution will be applied to stop the chemical reaction. For other peels, the chemical is left on. Your dermatologist may apply a cooling gel to your skin to ease any stinging and burning you are experiencing after the peel.

Recovery

After a chemical peel, your skin will be red, and depending on the level of the peel, you may experience burning and swelling as your skin heals. Within about two weeks, new skin will replace the previously damaged skin. Your dermatologist will tell you when you can begin to use cosmetics again.

If you are interested in a chemical peel in Salt Lake City, schedule a consultation at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call our office at 801-266-8841 to make an appointment.

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