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Chemical Peel

Chemical Peels Cincinnati, Ohio

Chemical peeling is a procedure that involves administering a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, and the color and tone may be more consistent. Your Moksha Dermatology expert will do a complete examination to determine what best matches your needs.

What Can a Chemical Peel Do?

  • Reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, particularly beneath the eyes and around the lips
  • Treat minor acne scarring and acne breakouts
  • Diminish the appearance of skin discoloration like sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, or blotchiness
  • Renew the texture and color of your skin

How Are Chemical Peels Performed

Prior to treatment, you may be asked to stop taking specific drugs and prepare your skin with pre-conditioning treatments that you use at home for a set amount of time. A chemical peel is done in a Moksha Dermatology practice and consists of the following:

  • Cleaning the skin with an agent that eliminates superfluous oils while also protecting the eyes and hair
  • Applying the peel to the designated location (face, neck, chest, hands, arms, or legs), using one or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol)
  • Using the proper peeling agent (superficial, medium, or deep) based upon the type of skin damage present and your desired results

During a chemical peel, most patients feel a warm to hot sensation that lasts 5 to 10 minutes and is sometimes followed by stinging. A deeper peel can be more painful and necessitate the use of pain relievers during and after the operation. The longer the recuperation time, the deeper the peel.

What Should I Expect After Treatment?

Dermatologists advocate using a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day to prevent lesions and wrinkles from reappearing (one that blocks ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays).

A mild to severe sunburn-like sensation may occur depending on the type of peel used. A superficial peel is the gentlest type of peel, and it usually causes redness followed by scaling that lasts three to five days.

Swelling and blisters may arise from medium-depth and deep peels, which may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of 7 to 14 days or longer. Some peels may necessitate the application of surgical tape to a portion or all of the treated skin.