A micro peel, also known as a light chemical peel or lunchtime peel, involves the application of a chemical mixture to even the tone of sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented and wrinkled facial areas. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid, and alphahydroxy acids are used to perform these treatments. According to Skin Care Physicians, these peels can be performed as early as 25 to 30 years of age when the first signs of ageing appear on the face. Through this process, a number of mild side effects may be experienced.
Micro peels get their names from their ability to treating and removing the very top thin layers of your skin. According to Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, there are three steps to a chemical peel. The first involves physical scraping the skin to remove dead cells. The second involves an acid treatment that is left to sit on your face and soak momentarily. The third involves freezing off a layer of the top micro layer of skin. Throughout these steps, the patient may experience a stinging or burning sensation that can last, even after the surgery. Though this stinging feeling can greatly vary from person to person, it is an important thing to consider if you have especially sensitive skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology warns that people of certain skin types may be at risk for developing temporary or even permanent skin discolouration. The potential for this side effect is further increased if you are on birth control, have been pregnant or have a family history of having brown blotches on the skin. Redness can also last for months after a chemical peel.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes that it is best to avoid sun exposure unless first protecting your skin with sunscreen. Failure to adequately protect your skin in the months following treatment may result in skin that is blotchy and irregular.