Whats underneath the chemical peel?
If you’re thinking about getting a chemical peel – a common cosmetic procedure – you need to know what you’re getting into before you shed your skin. With a deep chemical peel, a layer of skin is destroyed, creating an open wound that eventually results in a scab, sometimes with a Capital ‘S’. After a couple of weeks, the scab peels away to unveil a new layer of blemish-free skin. It’s effective for treatment of fine wrinkles and facial skin abnormalities, such as dark spots from excessive sun exposure. It’s most effective in people with fair skin. The depth of a chemical peel varies with the type of chemical used. “Your skin can get burned or scarred if the procedure is not done properly,” says Asra Ali, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. “Even superficial peels done at beauty salons are not without some risk. “Another important side effect following a chemical peel is that the skin is more sensitive to the sun because you