Chemical Peel

The Ultimate Guide to Chemical Peel

Has your face seen better days? Blemishes, sun-damage and wrinkles can be transformed with a chemical peel.

In some countries it can cost a fraction of the price it would at home, so it may be worth thinking about if you’d like to give your face a new lease of life.

The important thing to remember about chemical peels is that they come in different strengths. The light and medium ones are not invasive and can be carried out in a beauty salon. However, a deep chemical peel is very different. This penetrates deep into the skin ad should only be carried out under strict surgical conditions by an experienced and qualified doctor.

Am I suitable for a chemical peel?

Chemical peels suit a variety of skins and conditions, and while the light and medium peels will give your skin a lift, they don’t have the same dramatic effect as a deep chemical peel does.

The light and medium peels can certainly help with brightening up the skin, removing dead skin cells and helping to rejuvenate. They don’t require much downtime so are perfectly acceptable for including in a regular beauty routine.

The deep chemical peel will require a lot of thought. Your face will be red for several weeks, and the top layers of skin start to peel off. You may have some scabbing too. It may look fairly ugly for a few weeks and so you’ll have to be prepared to brazen it out or stay indoors until the worst is over.

How does a chemical peel work?

By removing the top layers of damaged, blemished and dull skin with a chemical solution, it reveals fresher and younger-looking skin below.

What is the procedure for a chemical peel?

The deep chemical peel requires anesthesia, which is why it needs to be carried out in a surgical setting. Once the anesthetic has been administered, the chemical solution will be applied to the skin in small sections. The solution will be left in place for a short time, and then removed completely before your doctor applies the solution to the next section. After the treatment, your skin is dressed with bandages.

Light and medium peels are applied without a general anesthetic to the whole face at once. You may experience tingling and stinging while the chemicals take effect. Once removed, soothing cream and a cold press may be applied to the skin.

What is the recovery time from a chemical peel?

The deep chemical peel takes 2 or 3 weeks recovery. Not only will your skin be bright red and but you may have weeping, crusting and peeling. It could take up to 3 months before the effects are complete, but they should be very noticeable, taking years off your appearance – and lasting for up to 10 years.

Medium and Light peels are nowhere near as dramatic, and don’t require much downtime – any redness disappears after a day or two. Your skin will look brighter, and if you have regular treatments you will notice a subtle difference in the texture of your skin.

How much can I save on a chemical peel abroad?

You should be able to save around 50% by going abroad, which can amount to a substantial amount if you decide to get a deep chemical peel.