What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique in which some solutions are applied to the skin which actually peels off the skin. It may take 3 -14 days to recover, also depending upon the depth of the peel. These are used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck and hands. The older skin is shed off and the new rejuvenated skin is the smoother and less wrinkled.
Types of chemical peels :
Superficial on lunchtime peel:Alpha hydroxy acid or some mild acid is used to remove the outermost layer of the skin. The biggest advantage is that there is no downtime for these peels. It improve the appearance of skin and helps in mild discoloration or rough skin.
Medium peels: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate middle layer of skin to remove the damaged cells. The treatment is used to improve dark spots ,sunspots ,acne scars, moderate discoloration and fine lines as well.
Deep peels- Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied which is very deeply penetrate to the middle layer of the skin to remove the damaged cells.The treatment removes shallow scars and we can see at drastic change in the skins appearance.
Indications of chemical peels
- Acne scars
- ageing skin
- sun damaged skin
- sagging skin
- acne prone skin
- dull skinuneven skin tone
Who should not go for chemical peel?
Any skin disease
during pregnancy and lactation
any painful condition of the body
What can I expect after having a chemical peel ?
All peels require some follow up care.
Superficial peels require 2 to 7 days to heal. Lotion or cream should be applied until the skin heals followed by daily use of sunscreen . Makeup can usually be worn the next day.
Medium pills require 7 to 14 days to heal. Skin may become little little flaky for a few days as it peels off in 7 to 14 days . Good hydration is required until skin recovers fully. Avoid all sun exposure until healing is complete.
Deep peels may require 14 to 21 days to heal. All the medications should be applied properly according to the skin type for the proper recovery.