Brighten Tired Winter Skin with a Chemical Peel

During winter, it’s easy to miss the healthy glow of your summertime skin. Short of taking a trip to the tropics, it can seem like your skin is doomed to be dull until spring returns. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to leave the area or wait around for better weather to get brighter skin again. A chemical peel can give you refreshed skin that makes you look like you’ve been on vacation. Dr. Thomas Lanchoney offers this information about what a chemical peel is and how it can make you look better.

How to know if you should get a chemical peel

A chemical peel is a powerful cosmetic procedure that can dramatically resurface and improve your skin. Usually, it is only done on your face, though there may be occasions where it can be done on other parts of your body as well, including your neck and hands. A safe chemical is applied to your skin so that the upper layers will be removed to allow newer, healthier skin to reveal itself.

Chemical peels can significantly help with issues such as scarring, skin discoloration, sun damage, and uneven skin tone. A chemical peel can also help with diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Whether you have acne scars or just want to erase a few years off your skin, a chemical peel is both effective and non-invasive.

The details about a chemical peel

A chemical peel might sound a bit intimidating, but it’s not as scary as you might think. A chemical peel applies a skin-safe form of acid to your skin. The types of peels range from superficial ones, which use alpha-hydroxy acids, to deep peels that use phenol or trichloroacetic acid.

Dr. Lanchoney most often uses a 6 percent pure retinol peel. This has the desired effect of a deep exfoliation treatment for your skin. It sloughs off dead, dull skin cells, which makes way for newer, healthier skin cells.

What to expect from the procedure

Some people may expect a chemical peel to hurt before they have had one. In truth, the discomfort is more like a mild sunburn in the hours following the procedure. During the procedure itself, you may experience a stinging sensation for up to 20 minutes.

Sometimes, depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the acids used, you may have some degree of skin peeling afterward. This is normal; just don’t pick at the peeling skin. You may also experience skin redness. This will gradually disappear shortly after the procedure. When it’ll go away for you depends on your skin and your healing time. It may take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on the specific procedure.

Depending on the extent of the results you want to see, you may require more than one chemical peel procedure. These are usually done several months apart to allow your skin to heal and for new skin to be revealed.

Make sure to use sunscreen religiously after a chemical peel. Your skin will both be more sensitive as well as more susceptible to sun damage.

A chemical peel can help you look refreshed and can provide a healthier, more attractive appearance to your skin. Call Dr. Lanchoney today if you want to learn more about what a chemical peel can do for you. Call his Bryn Mawr office at 610-526-9000 or book an appointment online.

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