Chemical peel depth and length of healing time for specific lifestyles

This is a question someone had about chemical peels and the different depths and how long it would take to heal:

nullcan help with decreasing unwanted pigmentation, decreasing fine and deeper wrinkles, decrease pore size, improve skin texture, tighten skin, and improve the overall appearance. Basically, the more aggressive you are the more downtime you will have, the better results but the more risk.  When you are less aggressive you heal faster, but you will have less dramatic results. So it really depends on what you want.  Generally a superficial peel will heal and peel in about 2-4 days. A medium depth peel will take anywhere from 4-7 days. And a deeper peel that that such as a medium depth with dermabrasion / dermasanding will take around 6-8 days sometimes.  When you do a peel, you can control the depth of the peel through anatomic signs.  A peel with a little red will be a very superficial peel and heal in 2-3 days.  One with red and a little white specks will be a superficial peel will take 3-5 days to heal or less. One with more complete white and red still present in the background will heal in 4-6 days.  One with solid white will need around 5-7 days to heal more or less.  Pretreatment is often required with a combination of retinA, hydroquinone, and hydrocortisone and should be done for about 2-4 weeks before the peel to be totally safe.

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