Chemical and Skin Peels
Deciding to get younger and scar free skin with even tone? Here’s the solution!
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peel is a technique used to enhance the appearance and texture of the skin, usually used on face, neck and hands. Chemical solutions are applied on skin in a controlled manner such that the outer layers of the skin exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin is naturally regenerated via natural process of cell growth from deeper skin layers and is typically smoother, fresher, scar-free and less wrinkled than the older skin having better skin tone as well. The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic techniques and is still popular because it offers immediate results.
Why Chemical Peels?
The word chemical often scares people but not all chemicals are bad and the fact is that some chemicals actually help to mend the skin. The active acids in all chemical peels are natural thus these products are safe to use especially when all the risks and concerns are discussed with your doctor before the treatment.
Chemical Peel treatment is simply like regenerating your skin by removing dead cells and letting new fresh skin cells to form which give you youthful and beautiful appearance because the fact is that a flawless, spotless and perfect complexion is lying just below the surface of your own skin.
Chemical Peels also enhance the ability of your skin to hold moisture and can make skin care products work even better. And the best thing about peels is that they are low-risk and are customizable according to your wish and requirements.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical Peels are used to achieve many different benefits including:
- Unclogging of pores clearing up acne
- Removal of scars
- Improving sun damaged skin
- Reducing aging signs
- Reducing wrinkles
- Improved and uniform skin tone
- Improving skin texture
- Smoothing and softening of rough skin
- Youthful and beautiful appearance
- Removal of fine lines around eyes and mouth
- Reduction of freckles and dark patches
- Enhanced skin glow
- Treatment of melasma
Types of Chemical Peels
There are mainly three types of chemical peels, details are as follows:
1) Superficial Chemical Peels
- Also known as light chemical peels, because they are lightest of all the chemical peels.
- Treat dryness, uneven pigment, mild acne and fine wrinkles.
- Light chemical peels are usually consist of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic, lactic, salicylic, or fruit acids.
- Using superficial/light chemical peels, after thorough cleansing of the skin, the epidermis i.e. the outer layer of the skin is removed through light exfoliation.
- Light chemical peels wash off after about 10 minutes and the doctor neutralizes the skin afterwards.
- In case of light chemical peels, there’s no recovery time and the patient can return to his/her normal routine immediately.
- The results of the treatment can be seen after half an hour of the treatment.
- You can enjoy improved skin and enhanced beauty just after one session but for long lasting results the treatment is recommended twice or at least once a month.
2) Medium Chemical Peels
- These are mild chemical peels, stronger than superficial chemical peels.
- Used as the treatment for deeper wrinkles, non-uniform skin tone and acne scars.
- Medium chemical peels include application of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) along with glycolic acid.
- After thorough cleansing of the skin, chemical solution for medium chemical peel is applied to the skin which removes damaged cells of the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and dermis (upper part of the middle layer of skin).
- With medium chemical peels the patient may feel stinging on the skin but the chemical needs to be applied on the skin for several minutes so the patient needs to keep calm. The doctor will then remove the chemical and will neutralize the skin with cool saline compresses.
- The patient need to wait for some weeks in order to get back normal skin and enjoy the results.
- At first, the patient may find the treated area of skin turned white or greyish, this happens with medium chemical peels and the skin then starts to turn red or brown afterwards. The average recovery time is six weeks after which the patient can enjoy surprisingly smoother and youthful skin.
- To maintain the glow and youthful look of your skin it is recommended that you undergo the treatment once or twice a year.
3) Deep Chemical Peels
- Deep chemical peels are strongest of all the chemical peels.
- Used to treat more serious imperfections like sun damaged skin, coarse facial wrinkles, blotches due to aging, and pre-cancerous growths.
- Strongest chemicals like Phenol peels are used which penetrate the skin deeper than AHA or TCA peels.
- Sedative and local anesthesia is used before applying deep chemical peels in order to avoid any feeling of discomfort by the patient.
- Chemical solution is applied for about half an hour to two hours depending upon the nature of skin damage and the treatment. Doctor then neutralizes the skin after removing the chemical.
- As deep chemical peels are quite strong, the skin needs proper care after the treatment. Skin is left for rest for about an hour and the doctor usually covers the skin with thick layer of petroleum jelly afterwards.
- The patient may need to keep the skin covered with thick layer of petroleum jelly for the next 2 3 days after the treatment.
- The patient may face discomfort, change in color and swelling for several days, pain killers are also given by the doctor for relief. Swelling usually vanishes within a couple of weeks while the redness of skin may take 2-3 months to turn back to normal.
- Although the recovery period in case of deep peels is longer than other peels (3-4 months normally), but the results are dramatically wonderful and long lasting.
- The treatment doesn’t need frequent and sooner repetitions as the results can last up to 10 years.
- Simply enjoy permanent glow and youthful appearance for a longer time period.
Depth of Chemical Peels