Chemical Peels – 6 Myths DEBUNKED

Chemical Peels – 6 Myths DEBUNKED

Mention chemical peels to your circle of friends and the answers you get will all be along the lines of, those things are so bad for you. Then at least one of your friends will probably mention some anecdotal horror story from way back when.

It’s enough to scare off even the most desperate for skin rejuvenation woman. But just like that whole myth about Pop Rocks, those chemical peel myths are as false as they are pervasive.

Get ready to learn a few truths about chemical peels.

Myth #1 – A Chemical Peel Is A Chemical Peel

All chemical peels are not created equally just as all eye creams and hair conditioners are not created equally. The truth is that the phrase ‘chemical peel’ may refer to a host of chemical treatments that include a deep exfoliation or skin rejuvenation.

Chemical peels come in a variety of chemicals, a mix of effects and most importantly different strengths. If you’re not sure which chemical peel is right for you, ask a skin care professional.

Myth #2 – Chemical Peels Are Painful

Yes they do say that beauty is pain but it isn’t the kind of pain you see on your favorite sitcoms when chemical peels go bad. Some peels do include some pretty gnarly chemicals but that depends on what you need it for and what is needed to help you achieve the skin you want.

The truth is that chemical peels often contain some natural ingredients like sugar cane and acids found in some fruits. Those may cause some discomfort but they won’t hurt.

Myth #3 – They Peel Off Skin

This is probably one of the most common chemical peel myths because of the name. Oh and that famous episode of Sex & the City. But if it’s done right you shouldn’t be able to reenact some scene from a horror movie.

But chemical peels  have their name for a reason. The chemical solution applied to your face and neck, and it works because it pretty much dissolves the top layers of the skin. When that happens the skin is—technically—injured. Those “injuries” stimulate healing responses in the body, and healing means new tissue grows that leaves skin even and smooth.

If you experience any peeling of the skin, you may want to double check the credentials of your physician.

Myth #4 – Anyone Can Have A Chemical Peel

This is the one myth that gives chemical peels a bad name. Just as all treatments are not equal, not all skin is either. Some people are not good candidates for chemical peels, which is another good reason to always go to a professional for these treatments.

A good example of someone who should not have one is someone with cold sores or fever blisters with a recent outbreak. If you do the virus can infect those wounds we talked about earlier and cause really bad scaring. When dealing with a physician you might be more likely to admit these kinds of problems compared to some random person claiming they can do it for you.

If you’ve undergone serious acne treatment using those powerful drugs on the market within one year of getting a chemical peel, you might also experience excessive scarring.

In fact there are plenty of other skin treatments and ailments that might not make you a candidate for chemical peels. Talk to your doctor if you’ve had any of the following in the past twelve months:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Waxing or depilatory treatment
  • Windburn
  • Sunburn
  • Radiation treatment
  • Any type of broken skin on the treatment areas

Myth #5 – All You Need Is One Session

This is another one of those myths that give chemical peels a bad name. If you’re a wealthy socialite or movie starlet who gets regular skin treatments then sure, one session might help you look young and rejuvenated.

But the rest of us mere mortals require a series of chemical peels before you can see any real results. If you have sun damage, age spots or really bad skin damage it may take multiple treatments before you can notice a major difference.

Myth #6 – Anyone Can Do Your Peel

Would you go see someone without a medical degree to operate on you? Extract wisdom teeth or perform your annual exam?

Probably not.

Well you should think of chemicals peels the same as you would any other type of medical treatment. These peels require accurate measurements of different chemicals that, if improperly mixed, could cause major damage to some of your most precious skin.

Then there’s the fact that you probably don’t want to share all of your medical information with the same woman who waxes your eyebrows or gives facials. No offense to beauty professionals but some things simply require someone with more training and knowledge. Like a doctor.


Now you know more about chemical peels, you can make an informed decision about getting one. Have you ever had a chemical peel? We'd love to hear your experience. Sound off in the comments below. 

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