Updated on 23/04/2024

 

According to Statista, the chemical peel rejuvenation market is expected to grow to $3.1 billion by 2026. 

Chemical peels are becoming increasingly popular with younger and older generations alike, but what are chemical peels and what does a chemical peel do for your skin? 

What Are Chemical Peels?

In short, chemical peels are a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin. 

Chemical peels aim ‘to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells’ to improve the appearance of many skin issues. 

Chemical skin peel benefits include reducing fine wrinkles, clearing uneven skin tones, reducing acne and improving acne scars. 

Chemical peel
In short, chemical peels are a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin ‘to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells’. 

Different Types of Chemical Peels

There are various types of chemical peels with varying degrees of strength, depending on why you’re receiving the treatment. 

Superficial Chemical Peels

Superficial (also known as light) chemical peels are great for lightly exfoliating the skin, as this type of chemical peel is only designed to remove the epidermis (top layer of skin). Your skin will take anywhere from a day to a week to fully heal.

Common superficial chemical peel ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, glycolic acid, and maleic acid. 

Medium Chemical Peels

Medium chemical peels are slightly stronger than light chemical peels and involve removing the epidermis as well as the top layer of the dermis. Your skin will take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to heal when receiving this treatment.

Common medium chemical peel ingredients include trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and glycolic acid (in deeper concentrations compared to light chemical peels). 

Deep Chemical Peels

Lastly, deep chemical peels are the strongest type of chemical peel and work to remove your epidermis as well as the upper and middle dermis layers.

Deep chemical peel ingredients include mixes of phenol and croton oil, as well as TCA concentrations above 50%. When it comes to this type of chemical peel, a local anaesthetic and sedative might be required to reduce any pain.

Additionally, as deep chemical peels are stronger, they involve more specific aftercare advice. It can take up to 14 days for the swelling following a deep chemical peel to reduce, but this can vary between individuals.

Poorly delivered deep skin peels can lead to scarring, infections, or burns, so they should only be carried out by qualified practitioners

Chemical peels

Deep chemical peels are the strongest type of chemical peel and work to remove your epidermis as well as the upper and middle dermis layers. As they're so strong, a local anaesthetic and sedative might be required to reduce any pain.

Chemical Skin Peel Benefits

Chemical skin peel benefits include, but are not limited to:

  1. Reducing acne scars
  2. Clearing hyperpigmentation
  3. Improving ageing skin
  4. Brightening dull skin 

1. Acne Scars

The first skin issue a chemical peel can help with is reducing the appearance of acne scars. 

Considering that ‘over a third (34%) of UK adults have suffered from acne at some point in their life’, acne scars are a common problem many people experience in their lives. 

Acne scars occur when the skin works to create new collagen fibres to repair the lesions created by the skin condition. 

Light and medium chemical peels can help to improve the appearance of acne scars by exfoliating the top layer of skin, leaving a smooth, rejuvenated layer of skin. 

2. Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation leads patches of skin to become darker than the skin surrounding it. This happens when the skin creates excess melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour. 

In addition to acne scars, chemical skin peel benefits include clearing forms of hyperpigmentation. For instance, chemical peels can help to improve everything from sun damage to freckles to melasma.

A chemical peel thus helps to even out both skin tone and texture, allowing you to feel confident with and without makeup. 

If you’re struggling with a form of hyperpigmentation, a chemical peel applied by a qualified aesthetic practitioner might be a suitable solution for you. 

3. Ageing Skin

Chemical skin peel benefits also include reducing fine wrinkles and the appearance of ageing skin. 

From age spots to fine lines and wrinkles, it’s expected and natural for our skin to become more weathered as we age. 

Chemical peels not only minimise the signs of ageing but also ‘stimulate new epidermal growth and collagen’, providing you with a more youthful and aesthetic look. 

That said, as they’re not recommended for deep wrinkles, chemical peels are better used as a preventative measure for fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Dull Skin 

Lastly, as well as treatments such as dermaplaning, chemical peels can significantly help if you have dull skin.  

Dull skin can be caused by a variety of things, from lifestyle choices to dead skin cell buildup to dehydration.

A light chemical peel works to remove the epidermis, and in doing so, reveals healthy-looking skin in its place. This gives you the glowy and rejuvenated complexion you’re looking for. 

Whatever the reason you’re seeking a chemical peel, you must research and choose an established aesthetic clinic before getting this treatment.

Chemical peel benefits

Chemical peels not only minimise the signs of ageing but also ‘stimulate new epidermal growth and collagen’, providing you with a more youthful and aesthetic look. 

We hope that this article has given you a greater understanding of chemical skin peel benefits and answered what does a chemical peel do for your skin.

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Written by Jemima, for You Can Clinic.

April 24, 2023 — Aled Nelmes