What is Chemical Peel?

September 27, 2017

As we grow older, it can get harder and harder to naturally combat the aging process of the skin. When the skin develops fine line and wrinkles, people search hard for a way to rejuvenate the skin to get back its youthful glow. There have been a variety of treatments that help specifically to combat skin issues, but some are more effective than others. One that is effective is the chemical peel.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a dermatological treatment used to improve the overall quality of the skin. It is considered one of the oldest cosmetic procedures around, originating from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Today, with more advanced technologies, chemical peels are still popular – due to the immediate results.

Chemical peels treat these skin issues:

  • Acne scars
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scars
  • Melasma
  • Sagging skin
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

How does a Chemical Peel work?

Undergoing a chemical peel involves using an acidic solution to remove the dead outer layers of skin on the face, neck or hands. The solutions that can be used are:

  • Alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA)
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
  • Phenol

During the procedure the solution gets spread on the target area and enhances the texture of the skin by helping rid of facial blemishes, wrinkles and skin pigmentation. The top most layer of the skin gets exfoliated, and reveals a new layer of skin with an improved tone, texture and colour.

Based on the sensitivity of your skin, a particular solution with a specific dose will be used. This will depend on the type of chemical peel that you will receive. There are three main types:

  • Light: this is optimal for those who want to reap the benefits of a facial peel but do not need to worry about any downtime in recovery, which is associated with the deeper chemical peels. This peel is used to treat fine wrinkles, dryness, pigmentation and acne.
  • Medium: this is effective for people with darker skin. This treatment uses trichloroacetic acid and also requires less recovery time. This treatment is used to treat fine wrinkles, blemishes and pigmentation problems.
  • Deep: this is the strongest facial peel and they produce the longest lasting results, but with more recovery time. Deep peels run the risk of causing a permanent lightening of the skin, so make sure to discuss this option with your dermatologist before going forward. This peel is used to treat ageing spots, sun spots, deep facial wrinkles and pre-cancerous growths.

 

Are there any side effects/risks?

There are just a few minor side effects to be aware of such as redness or stinging. The deeper the peel, the more intense the redness or stinging can be, and the longer the recovery time, but the recovery time will not last beyond a day or two.

Chemical peels are a great way to improve the look and feel of facial skin without resorting to more invasive treatments!

 

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