During the treatment a chemical solution will be applied to your skin. You will usually feel a burning session for the first five to ten minutes, and then some slight stinging. Your skin is made up of layers of cells that gradually work their way up to the surface, where they will peel off and flake away. The chemical peel speeds this process up by encouraging the oldest cells on the surface to peel away.
After the treatment, the tough outer layer of your skin will gradually peel away to reveal the fresh, young skin underneath. This process can take a week or more, depending on the depth of the peel. Your skin may be red and there can be some swelling and blistering if you’ve had a deep chemical peel. You will need to look after your skin carefully while it is healing. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun for several months, so you will need to wear suncream every day.
Chemical peels tend to work better on fairer skin. If you have dark skin, there is a risk that you could be left with some discolouration after the peel. You should avoid having a chemical peel if you are pregnant, if your skin scars easily or if you are prone to cold sores.
If you would like to reveal the smoother skin that lies beneath, a chemical peel at the Dermadoc clinic could be right for you. Make an appointment or talk to one of our experts to find out whether a chemical peel could work for you.