A chemical peel involves the application of toxic chemical solutions to the skin in a controlled manner, producing controlled tissue death. After the peel, the skin regenerates. The damaged skin likely regenerates through the growth of cells from deeper layers of the epidermis or from undamaged hair follicles. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions are applied to small areas on the skin.
After the chemical peel, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.