Chemical Skin Peel
Is It Right for You?
Superficial and medium peels require repeated treatments -- as often as every six weeks (for light peels) and two to three months (for medium peels). A deep peel may only be performed once. Deep peels may not be used on darker skin types because they tend to bleach the skin, though light-skinned people may also experience the same effect.
Chemical peels are considered safe and effective in the hands of a skilled practitioner. In some states, no medical degree is required to perform a chemical peel. Be sure to find a practitioner with adequate training and experience in skin resurfacing. Because of its seriousness, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recommends that deep peels be performed under the direction of a qualified physician. It is also important to note that all chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risks. These include (but are not limited to): redness lasting several weeks to months; color changes in the skin; crusting and scaling; swelling; scarring; and allergic reaction to the chemical. Though rare, deep peels using phenol may result in severe complications during the procedure, including heart, liver, or kidney failure. Discuss these and other health issues with your doctor.