A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to peel away the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger-looking.
Chemical skin cover treatment is used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration, and scars — typically on the face. It can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures.
This treatment can be done at different depths — light, medium, or deep — depending on your desired results. Depending on the issues you're addressing with the procedure, you'll choose a chemical peel is one of three depths:
Light chemical peel. A light or superficial, chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It can be used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. You might have a light chemical peel as often as once a week for up to six weeks — depending on your desired results.
Medium chemical peel. This type of chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). A medium chemical peel can treat wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. You might repeat a medium chemical peel every six to 12 months to maintain results.
Deep chemical peel. A deep chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the mid to lower layer of your dermis. Your doctor might recommend a deep chemical peel if you have deeper wrinkles, scars, or precancerous growths.