A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove outer skin layers, dead skin cells, and impurities. Typically, the chemicals used are glycolic acid (AHA, BHA), Jessners solution (lactic and salicylic acid), and the stronger chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This process stimulates skin renewal and collagen regeneration. In addition, Chemical Peels also unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria. The skin that grows back is brighter and smoother.
Who Is Chemical Peel For?
Chemical peels are used to treat dull skin, wrinkles, discolored skin, uneven skin and scars — usually on the face. They can be done at different depths, from light to deep. This refers to the depth of skin that is treated with chemical peels, as well as the chemical concentration and duration of the treatment.
Light peels exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin without going deep into the basal layer of the skin. The chemicals used are AHA, BHA, and Jessner’s solution. For medium peels, 35% to 50% of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used to penetrate the upper layer of the dermis. Deep chemical peels use more than 50% of TCA as the peel is required to reach deep down into the reticular dermis.
With a light or medium peel, you may need to undergo the procedure more than once to get the desired results. Deeper chemical peels offer more-dramatic results but also take longer to recover from.
Benefits Of Chemical Peel
Brighten Skin & Lighten Pigmentation
Kill Acne Causing Bacteria
Reduce Blackheads & Whiteheads
Even Skin Texture
Can I Combine Chemical Peel with Laser Treatments?
Chemical peels can lighten acne marks, but when combined with Q-Switched Laser, there is quicker removal of marks with zero downtime.
On the other hand, depressed acne scars, deep-set wrinkles, and sagging skin will not benefit much from chemical peels. Laser treatments and TCA cross peels are much better options for removing deep acne scars. Chemical peels are also unable to reduce enlarged pores and broken capillary veins on the skin.
What Can You Expect During The Procedure?
After cleansing of the face, 2 to 3 passes of chemical peel will be applied to the skin. Mild tingling or ant-bite like sensation will be experienced. The total duration of the procedure will take between 5 to 8 minutes. The face will be cleansed thoroughly again to remove any remaining chemicals.
After the peel, a calming and hydrating mask will be applied to soothe the skin and minimise redness. Despite being called a peel, most patients will not actually experience skin peeling after the procedure. However, some skin redness lasting 1 to 3 days may be expected.
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FAQ On Chemical Peel
Patients may feel a stinging, ant-bite like sensation when the peel is applied. However, this sensation is tolerable and disappears once the peel is washed off.
There is minimal down time. Some patients may experience a pinkish blush. Despite being called a peel, there should not be any obvious skin peeling after the procedure. It is suitable for all skin types. With all peels, the new skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun. Talk with your doctor about how long to protect your skin from the sun.
A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. If you have a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be noticeably smoother. After a deep chemical peel, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the look and feel of treated areas. Results may not be permanent. Over time, age and new sun damage can lead to new lines and skin color changes.
Chemical Peels can be done every 10 to 14 days until desired results are achieved.
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