A chemical peel is the application of a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin, improving texture and revealing smoother, clearer, more radiant skin. Peels can treat areas on the face, and most can also treat the neck and hands. There are different degrees or levels of peel:
- Light peels use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)
- Medium peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
- Deep peels use phenol
- After the top layer of skin is sloughed away, new, fresh skin regenerates without imperfections, lines and wrinkles. Deeper chemical peels or CO2 laser resurfacing are an effective treatment for extreme wrinkling caused by overexposure to the sun.