Peeling Like a Banana: Chemical Peels and Your Skin
March 30, 2015
Have you ever had a really bad sunburn where your skin blisters and then peels? Obviously that is not healthy, but it’s kind of fun (albeit kind of gross) to watch your skin peel away like that. It’s almost as if you are a snake shedding its skin. And that is essentially exactly what you’re doing. So how can you get rid of your old, damaged skin without actually subjecting it to the unhealthy torture of actually burning it with harmful UV rays?
The answer comes in a chemical peel.
Look and Feel Better
If you want your skin to look and feel smoother and silkier, a chemical peel might be the way to go. During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. These chemicals make your skin blister and eventually peel off, very similar to a sunburn, but by far less harmful and damaging.
Instead of causing skin cancer, sun damage, and wrinkles, a chemical peel instead gets rid of them (well, not skin cancer, unfortunately). Other things a chemical peel can treat include:
- Rough skin
- Fine lines
- Age spots or other pigmentation irregularities
Overall, after the damaged skin on the surface sloughs away, you will be left with skin that looks and feels drastically different. There are some skin conditions, such as bags under the eyes, or naturally darker skin, that do not respond well to chemical peels, so talk to your dermatologist before undertaking an at-home or professional peel.
Beautiful but Sensisitive
This extra beauty comes at a price though. Your “new” skin will be much more sensitive, at least temporarily. This means you must be extra careful with wearing sunscreen and covering up. Of coure, you should be sensitive to your skin in the sun anyway (remember our comparison with the sunburn? The sun is painful and damaging to your skin!), but after a peel you will need to be extremely conscientious.
If you want to completely transform your face in a quick and easy way, look into a chemical peel. It might be the best way for you to transform yourself and uncover the soft beauty underneath.