Chemical peel: What to expect

– So chemical peel is a topical treatment
that we apply to patient skin and what that does is it exfoliates the
outer layer of the skin to improve skin texture or tone or pigment but then it also allows new, healthy
fresh skin to rejuvenate and replace that skin that we’ve removed. – I decided to be the patient because I
think it’s a great opportunity to show our patients that this is something not
frightening to be done. So we can use chemical peels
for a number of different things. Most patients come to us seeking
aesthetic improvements in their skin and so chemical peels can be used for these
patients to improve melasma or pigment problems, they can improve fine wrinkles
and sometimes even moderate wrinkles if we use a deeper peel. They can also improve skin texture and
tone, they may shrink some pore size, For patients who struggle with acne, it can
improve the acne component of their skin as well as helping soften some of the
old acne scars and damage. Other patients may come to us because they had
precancerous lesions of the skin or a tendency for skin cancer and we can
actually use different types of chemical peels to resurface the skin and remove
some of that sun damaged component. – The areas of concern that I was looking are
some of the red areas on the right cheek along with the pigmented areas
and then there are some what we call seborrheic keratosis or kinda sun spots on
my forehead and in other locations that I want to see if we can address. – At UC Irvine Health patients are going to come in contact with professionals who have
been trained over a number of years who’ve gotten very specific and
specialized instruction in how to use chemical peels, how to evaluate patients
for the appropriate peel and how to manage them if complications should arise. So once we have the patient in the
procedure room, we’re going to put them on one of our procedure tables so they’ll be
kind of in a seated position or a laying back position, whatever is comfortable
for the patient. We’re going to have prepped the skin,
which means it’s going to be cleaned really well so there’s no makeup residue
and once the skin is dry and ready, we’ll start with the application of the peel, and
the first step in the peel is a mix of a couple different acids. It only takes a few minutes to apply
this part of the peel. We’ll apply it in sequence over the face to make sure that
all areas have been treated evenly and focusing on areas of problems for some
patients and making sure that we really feathered the peel around the eyelids,
around the lips, around the neck, so that there aren’t any harsh transition lines
and they get a nice result. This can sting a little bit for some
patients and so we often provide them with a very
high-powered, cold-air fan which is very comforting and soothing to the skin when we
go through this step. After the acid layer has been applied,
we will apply the retinol component and this is going to really penetrate
through this nice exfoliated skin, get deep into the layers of the dermis to
allow for collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation. Following that we will apply the common
cream and this is the anti-inflammatory component with a lot of nice botanical
extracts that help with DNA damage, prevention and healing. This is very soothing and by this point
in the peel the patient should be feeling no discomfort at all. – That actually wasn’t bad, but it is
very warm when you do put it on.

19 thoughts on “Chemical peel: What to expect

  1. Hi my name is Amy, I am so grateful to see your video on YouTube. I have a question about using TCA acid peel . I have dark knees and elbows and a small patch of dark skin or discoloration on the back of my ears (on each side). which would be the proper percentage to use for this each section?


  2. Wait what you put acid on your face to burn the top layer of skin.. peeling of the skin takes 7 days and then your growing?? No thanks I don’t want acid on my face….

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