A chemical peel is a option for patients with fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, dryness or acne.
A light chemical peel just removes the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), which results in a healthier glow by lightly exfoliating the skin.
Common chemical peels consist of a combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, maleic acid and lactic acid.
Prior to applying the chemical peel, the face is cleaned. The chemical peel is applied to the skin for several minutes. It is washed off and neutralized minutes later. Patients may experience some temporary redness and irritation right after a chemical peel, but this tends to disappear after repeated treatments.