What is Chemical Peel?
Chemical Peel can help in the regeneration of skin by removing the outermost dead skin layer with the help of different chemicals. This procedure improves the overall appearance of facial skin by making the face appear smooth and reduces the visibility of wrinkles.
What chemicals are used in the peeling procedure?
The chemicals used in the process range from the milder ones to the stronger ones. The mild one include Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHAs), medium ones include Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHAs) and the stronger ones include Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. Depending on the intensity and type of chemical used in the process, the chemical peels are divided into light, medium and deep categories. TCA and Phenol are not used on Asian skin types as they burn the skin.
A light or superficial peel uses Alpha-hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the skin and penetrates only the outer layer of the skin. This technique is used on less damaged skin with light pigmentation.
For the penetration in the outer to middle layer of the skin Beta hydroxyl acid peel is used that removes the dead skin cells. It also helps improve age spots, pigmentation, acne, acne marks and discoloration.
What skin conditions can be treated with Chemical Peels?
Chemical Peel is one of the best skin treatment to heel skin conditions like,
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation/Hyperpigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
Is Chemical Peel procedure painful?
There is a stinging feeling when the chemicals are applied on the skin but this sensation is extremely bearable. However, this pain level depends on the intensity of the chemical being used on the skin. The process can cause irritation, redness, crusting but the effects will lessen quickly as the skin adjusts.
Who are not the right candidate for Chemical Peel?
As the skin comes in direct contact with chemicals, the procedure is not advised for people with skin cuts/injuries and infections. Candidates who cannot receive chemical peels include people with the following conditions:
- Nursing or pregnant women
- Eczema, dermatitis or rosacea patients
- People with recently bleached, waxed & threaded skin
- Women on birth control
Risks/Side effects of Chemical Peels
The procedure can create some temporary side effects referred to as the ‘downtime’. These including:
- Cold Sores
Results of Chemical Peel:
The results of the procedure become evident after a few days. The results include clearer, smoother and brighter looking skin. The time period to see before and after changes of chemical peel also depend on the type of procedure that was taken. If light peel is opted, the results will be visible in 7 days and for mild peel it will take around 14 days.