A chemical peel enhances and smoothens the texture of the skin; exfoliates and removes the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and color giving you a full facial rejuvenation. This is mostly done on facial skin to get the dead skin removed by peel off. It is done by the people who were suffering from uneven skin tone, wrinkled face, spotted and scarred skin.
It is one of the ancient cosmetic procedures, performed in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Chemical Peel of is very popular as it offers instant results and can be done as an outpatient procedure.
Who is it for?
Aged women with wrinkled skin.
- Women suffering from acne and pimples.
- Skin with age spots, freckles and scars.
- Causes of sun damage and ageing.
Chemical Peel is done with different kind of procedures on the skin. Peel of is done differently according to skin types and basis that chemical peels can be categorized into:
- superficial peel.
- medium peels.
- deep peels.
This procedure is done differently according to the skin type of people. Generally patient with lighter-hair and fair skin are better for chemical peels. The people who have darker skin may also get good results.
Steps of the procedure
- Anesthesia is given to the specific kind of peeling if required.
- Peeling starts with the application of defatting solvent to cleanse the skin.
- Chemical Solution is then applied for particular period of time.
- Lastly bandages are applied to the patient.
- Now patient can be discharged.
Chemical Peel gives beautiful results on your skin. It reduces the scar marks, blemishes and wrinkles on the skin. This procedure improves the skin texture, reduces the effects of sun damage and eliminates the age spots. It is advisable to not get in sun directly after this skin treatment.
- Sunrays will affect your skin.
- May cause skin irritation.
- It may also cause redness, stinging on skin.
But all these problems may soon be resolved as the skin starts adjusting with the treatment done.
WHAT ARE THE CHEMICAL/SKIN PEELS?
Chemical peels produce controlled injury to the skin, causing it to shed the first several layers of cells which promote the growth of new skin and improved appearance.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PEELING AGENTS?
It contains either alpha hydroxy acids (an AHA such as glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid, also known as BHA) or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) categorized by the concentration and the resulting depth of the peel on the skin which range from superficial (also known as micro or light peels) to medium.
WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS USED FOR?
Chemical peels are used for the treatment of acne, acne scars[decreasing sebum production], photo-aging (from sun damage), tanned skin, dull skin, dark spots on the skin (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).
HOW ARE CHEMICAL PEELS PERFORMED?
In general, chemical peels usually begin with a vigorous cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel and then washing the peel off after a few minutes of application. The last but important step is the application of sunscreen.
HOW LONG DO CHEMICAL PEELS TAKE?
Most peels can be performed within a few minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
WHAT WILL MY SKIN FEEL LIKE AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
The state of your skin after a peel depends on the type of chemical used and your skin type. Superficial peels have limited effects. Medium peels may cause some redness and the deeper peels may require 10-14 days to recover.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Flaking, peeling, and redness is normal. Mild discomfort (burning sensation) is felt during the treatment.
HOW MANY PEELS WILL I NEED?
Generally, chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks until the optimum results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
With good sun protection results can last months, even years. This is dependent on the depth of the peel. The deeper peels generally provide a long-lasting effect.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF CHEMICAL PEELS?
Superficial peels are quite safe, although minor irritation of the skin can occur. The risk of deep peels can include infection, redness, and discoloration.
WHAT AFTERCARE IS TO BE FOLLOWED?
Apply sunscreen above SPF 30, Use moisturizers and do not self-exfoliate your skin by rubbing or scratching.
Avoid heavy sweating for the first few days after the peel. Normal activities may be resumed immediately after the peel.
HOW LONG AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL BEFORE I CAN RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES?
A. Light Peels – The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime.
B. Medium Peels – Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days. some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.
MAY I PUT MAKEUP OVER THE TREATED AREA?
No cosmetics should be applied for at least one week after the treatment.