Chemical Facial Peels: Worth the risk?

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While chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures and rarely result in serious complications, anytime an acid solution is involved there is going to be some risk. If you are simply looking to remove fine lines or reduce the appearance of some minor unrefined pigmentation, a microdermabrasion treatment may be a safer and effective option. However, if it’s deeper wrinkles, acne scarring or more moderate discoloration you are looking to correct, a chemical facial peel can be a very good solution.

Risks of Chemical Facial Peels

Once again, chemical peels are a tried-and-true procedure that have been in practice for many years. There is rarely anything to worry about, but because acid is involved it is important to be as safe as possible. However, you can reduce your risks by knowing your medical history and following your doctor’s instructions completely. If you have a tendency to form unusual scars, cold sores or have recently taken Accutane, you may be at higher threat of the following:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin tone
  • Cold sore outbreaks

Benefits of Chemical Facial Peels

There are several benefits that chemical facial peels can provide. You will notice a overall improvement in the texture of your skin and a healthier glow. In addition to give you a more youthful appearance, other benefits include:

  • reduce wrinkles
  • smooth out uneven pigmentation
  • repair sun-damage (photoaging)
  • reduce blotchy patches
  • reduce acne scars
  • reduce freckles and age spots
  • remove precancerous lesions
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