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Chemical peels:
Rx for skin imperfections

Papyrus records show that ancient Egyptians used chemical peels to resolve complexion flaws some 3,500 years ago. Today cosmetic dermatology provides a number of options for smoother, more even-toned skin, but chemical peels are still appropriate in many situations.

Peels slough off dead skin cells to improve the appearance of rough texture, small scars, pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. They even out freckles, sun spots, and age spots. Peels can be used on the face, neck, and chest for brighter, younger-looking skin.

There are basically three types. A mild peel usually contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). Skin is red, dry, and peels lightly for about two to five days afterward, but there is no real downtime. A medium peel includes trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Expect redness, mild swelling, and some crusting and peeling while fresh, new skin emerges within five to ten days. A deep peel (carbolic acid or phenol) is more intense and should only be administered by a physician, with anesthetic and a sterile technique.

It’s important to have the oversight of a dermatologist for a chemical peel. The doctor will recommend the best peel for your skin type and the imperfections you want to address.
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