Skin Peel 101: Behind the Safe and Effective New Skin Procedure

woman with clear skinA chemical skin peel safely and effectively treats a variety of skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Old skin is exfoliated, leaving behind smoother new skin.

Let’s take a closer look at this procedure that helps patients bring fresh new skin to the surface.

Mooresville Dermatology Center uses two types of topical solutions to apply during a skin peel:

  • Salicylic Acid: Often recommended for patients with acne, salicylic acid acts as a highly effective superficial peeling agent while also reducing oil and cleaning pores.
  • Glycolic Acid: This substance removes the outer skin layer and is particularly beneficial to patients who are looking for help with anti-aging.

During your consultation, your doctor will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate skin peel for you based on your goals, skin type and medical history. It’s important to share if you have a history of recurring cold sores, scarring or have had facial X-rays. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications and prepare your skin by using other drugs.

During the chemical peel procedure, your skin is first thoroughly cleaned and the chosen topical solution is applied. It is common to feel a slight stinging sensation. After the determined amount of time, the skin peel is washed off with water and a soothing ointment is applied. Patients can expect the outer layer of dead skin to flake away, leaving fresh, young skin in its place.

Recovery time varies depending on the particular skin peel procedure completed. Contact your dermatologist after the procedure if you experience any complications or pain.

Schedule a consultation with Mooresville Dermatology Center if you are considering a chemical skin peel procedure. A dermatologist can answer any questions you have and recommend what type of procedure would be right for you.