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Do Chemical Peels Slow the Aging Process?

In skincare, doctors use chemical peels as a procedure to remove sun-damaged, pigmented, and wrinkled skin by peeling it with chemicals. As the old skin peels off, new skin appears that is much fresher looking. But chemical peels do not slow the aging process or prevent it. They simply replace old, damaged skin with fresh-looking new skin. After that, it is up to you to take better care of your skin to keep it younger longer by protecting it from sun. The process itself does not affect the internal aging of the skin. If you expose your new skin to the sun again, it will get damaged as it got damaged before. 

What does a chemical peel do?

Chemical peels will remove mild skin wrinkles, sun damaged spots, and pigmentation. It will also remove the leathery appearance of skin. A chemical peel will help remove some pre-cancerous spots and facial scars. Mild chemical peels are also used to treat acne in some cases. 

Can chemical peels cause damage? 

In rare cases, a chemical peel procedure can cause damage, infection and scarring. You must talk to your doctor about this. No procedure that changes the body in any way is free from risk. AHA formulations are used to give a light peel, TCA is to give a medium depth peel, and phenol is used to give a deep peel to the skin. You can visualize the process like this – the deeper your skin problem, the deeper a peel may be used. So, for superficial aberrations, a mild peel will be used and for deeper scars a deep peel is needed. Your practitioner will decide after consulting with you what results you desire, the time you want to give, and the care and discomfort you are ready to undergo. Deep peels give more discomfort but produce better results. You will have to discuss these issues with your practitioner. 

All practitioners must undergo trainings for different types of chemical peels. YouTubers (other than estheticians and doctors) do not have training for these procedures. So please DO NOT do chemical peels at home. 

Remember- Relax, Regenerate, Revitalize.

Lily Seed Owner/Spa Director
Revita Medical Esthetics & Spa


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