I know what you’re thinking… a facial peel sounds kind of painful, as though someone was going to peel a layer of skin right off your face!
But fear not; it isn’t as grim as it sounds and reportedly chemical facial peels are the fastest growing non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the US.
Simply put, facial peels are a form of exfoliation of the skin using certain chemicals.
A facial peel is said to have many advantages. From reducing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging, they also have a beneficial effect on acne scars, sun spots and freckles and other skin defects.
Depending on an individual’s requirement, the appropriate peel is recommended, from light to medium to deep chemical peels.
While there are facial peels that are conducted by trained and certified personnel, there are also available over the counter peel treatments which usually contain chemicals and alpha hydroxy acids that remove dead skin cells, exposing layers of fresh skin that can look better and more even in tone.
Typically the product is required to be applied to the face and left for several minutes and then scrubbed or rinsed off with water.
Some formulations come equipped with a dermabrasion implement with which the facial peel can be worked into the skin, sloughing off dead skin cells in the process.