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Fact or Fiction: Chemical Peels
by Staff
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.

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  • almost fact: Chemical peels are also known as "dermoplastics."

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

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  • almost fact: The chemicals actually rejuvenate the outer layers of the skin, making them appear younger.

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

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  • almost fact: It's face, neck and hands.

A chemical peel can improve wrinkles, sags and bulges.

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  • almost fact: A peel doesn't really improve any of these issues -- it just makes your skin look healthier for a while.

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

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  • almost fact: A chemical peel plus a shot of collagen can improve the keratoses.

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

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  • almost fact: People with olive skin and dark hair are the best candidates.

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

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  • almost fact: Keratalytic acid is the most common solution.

Chemical peels usually take about an hour.

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  • almost fact: It's actually more like two hours.

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

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  • almost fact: The redness and scaling usually disappears after a week.

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

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  • almost fact: Birth control pills will increase your healing time after a chemical peel.