Fact or Fiction: Chemical Peels

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When you think "chemical peel," do you have visions of doctors pouring burning chemicals over your face? Painful after-effects like shiny, itchy red skin? Take our quiz to find out how up-to-date your chemical peel knowledge is.

"Chemexfoliation" is another term for chemical peel.

Chemical peels are also called "chemexfoliation" and "derma-peels."


In a chemical peel, a doctor applies a chemical peel to your skin that penetrates deeply, "melting away" the older layers of skin.

The chemicals cause the outer layer of skin to blister and peel off, revealing younger-looking skin.


Chemical peels can be performed only on the face and neck.

You can get a chemical peel on your face, neck or hands.


A chemical peel can improve wrinkles, sags and bulges.

Chemical peels have been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but for more deeper issues like sags and bulges you'll need another procedure.


Precancerous keratoses (which appear as scaly spots) can be helped with a chemical peel.

Chemical peels can improve precancerous keratoses and also prevent them from reappearing.


People with fair skin and hair will see the most visible benefits from a chemical peel.

True. If you have fair skin and light hair, you're a good candidate for a chemical peel.


Chemical peels can contain a solution of glycolic or salicylic acid.

Your doctor will probably use glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid.


Chemical peels usually take about an hour.

Chemical peels are pretty quick procedures -- count on about five to 10 minutes.


After a chemical peel, your face will be red and possibly scaly for a few weeks.

Three to seven days is the usual time period for chemical peel after-effects.


If you're taking birth control pills, you have an increased risk of abnormal pigmentation after a chemical peel.

Abnormal pigmentation is a possible side effect if you're on oral contraceptives.


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