There are a lot of surgical methods and procedures out there to help give you that younger complexion you want, but if you are like a lot of people, you really don't want to do anything all that drastic. Thankfully, there are many anti-aging skin treatments out there that do not require surgery at all. One of the most popular is the chemical peel. Chemical peels involve using medical-grade chemicals to cause the upper layers of the skin to peel away so new and healthier skin will grow back in its place. There are a few pros and cons of chemical peels to know if you are considering this kind of treatment for your face. 

Pro: Chemical peels can be highly effective in removing fine lines and wrinkles. 

One of the biggest reasons people seek chemical peels is to lower the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. These small markings tend to develop in the upper layers of skin as you get older, but when new skin cells develop, the same lines and wrinkles can be far less visible. In addition to fine lines and wrinkles, you may also see improvement of things like blemishes, acne scars, or birthmarks on your face once you have healed. 

Con: Chemical peels may not be good for people with darker skin tones. 

If you have a darker skin tone, a chemical peel is not always the best non-surgical anti-aging skin treatment. The process can generate some splotches and uneven tone where the new skin layers develop if you have darker skin. 

Pro: Chemical peels usually do not require a long recovery period. 

One of the biggest advantages of chemical peels is the fact that they do not usually require a long recovery period, which is something that you likely want to stay away from if you are trying to go the non-surgical route. You may have a little redness and some peeling after the procedure for a few days, depending on the type of chemicals used for the peel, but the symptoms should subside rather quickly. 

Con: Chemical peels can sometimes cause a bit of skin irritation. 

The chemicals used during a chemical peel can vary, and some of them can cause a bit of skin irritation for some people. The irritation really should be mild, however, so if itchiness, redness, or burning does not subside, reach out to a doctor for advice. 

To learn more about anti-aging skin treatments, contact your local health spa.