A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back after a peel is smoother and younger looking. Chemical peels are used to treat acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, and scarring — typically on the face but also on the chest and back. Peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on desired results. Each type of peel uses a different chemical solution and can be used to treat various skin problems.
Depending on the issues you’re addressing, you’ll choose a peel in one of three depths:
- Light chemical peel
- A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It can be used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness.
- 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.
- Deep chemical peelLight 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 practitioner might recommend a deep chemical peel if you have deeper wrinkles, scars, or precancerous growths.