Dry skin is typically treated with chemical peels using a process that involves cleansing the skin, applying the treatment and then following up with a moisturizer and application of protective ointments and creams. Chemical peels vary in depth and method of treatment and are used for a variety of skin conditions, including wrinkles, sunspots and blemishes.
Chemical peels are typically performed by professionals in clinical settings, and they vary in the methods of treatment used. Regardless of procedure type, most practitioners prepare for the chemical peel by thoroughly cleansing the face, neck or upper torso of the affected area. To protect the sensitive eyes from harm, practitioners may apply a light ointment, layer of gauze, strip of tape or goggles to the patients eyes before proceeding. Some patients, particularly those who are undergoing more complex medium and deep chemical peels, may choose to have sedatives or take painkillers before undergoing the procedure. During light chemical peels, practitioners use a brush or other application tool to cover the skin with a thin layer of glycolic or salicylic acid. Medium chemical peels typically involve the application of glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid while deep peels involve carbolic acid. These treatments are most effective when performed as repeat sessions and require proper follow-up care, including the use of ice packs and moisturizer, to be the most effective.