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Chemical peels originated in Ancient Egypt

There is evidence that chemical peels were used by Cleopatra and the Ancient Egyptians

By Dr. Stacy Shropshire

Chemical Peel, skin peel, or skin resurfacing treatment, as they can be called, is an advanced cosmetic procedure offered in modern skin care clinics. They are not only used to treat problematic skins types, but can also be built into a regular skincare program to address individual needs.

There are many options on the market today, from mild resurfacing to deep peeling treatments. Many clinics offer packages or discount options. However, since chemical peel is an advanced treatment, it is essential to know what the procedure involves and to be advised of the process to ensure that it is right for you before proceeding with any treatments.

A chemical peel is a body solution technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin – often facial skin – using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to shed and eventually peel off.

Chemical peels have been used at least two millennia, probably longer. According to some sources, Cleopatra used sour goat’s milk baths to beautify her skin. Sour milk contains lactic acid, Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, slightly weaker than glycolic acid, which is regularly used in superficial chemical peels today.

There are three basic types of chemical peels:

Chemical peels have multiple benefits and can be received individually as maintenance for your skin, or in a series of treatments at specific intervals to address specific concerns. They are also an excellent option to prepare your skin for a special event. For general skin care maintenance, a chemical peel every 4-8 weeks is recommended. Regular treatments can result in a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, melasma, pore size, acne and acne scarring, as well as an overall improvement in the tone and texture of the skin.

Chemical peels have been trusted for over 2,000 years to improve skin quality and reduce the signs of aging. If you are looking for a quick treatment to smoother and healthier looking skin, you may find that a chemical peel is the best solution.

*Results may vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.