Chemical Peels

What is a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a beauty procedure in which chemical solutions containing acids (e.g., salicylic acids, glycolic acids) are gently applied to the skin, removing the outermost layers to restore radiance to your face. Chemical peels treat a variety of skin conditions, including scars, wrinkles, and aging skin. They can be used at home or in a clinical setting.

How do Chemical Peels work?

Before the procedure

Setting up an appointment for the peel: 

  • Please notify your doctor about any allergies you may have one week before your appointment.
  • Avoid facial treatments, including waxing and laser treatments, 2-3 days before the procedure.
  • Stop using any retinoids, hydroquinone, benzoyl peroxide, or topical acne medications.
  • Use a mild soap to cleanse.

During the Procedure

  • A chemical peel is an outpatient procedure that can take 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of peel. 
  • Wearing contact lenses during the peel can cause irritation and damage from dust and chemicals. 

Here’s what to expect during the treatment: 

  • First, your face will be thoroughly cleansed.
  • Chemical solutions such as trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, phenol, or salicylic acid will be applied to the affected areas of your skin and left on for an extended period of time.
  • You may experience a burning sensation on your skin, followed by a stinging sensation, as the peeling areas turn grey.
  • A cold compress is used to neutralise the chemical solution. This relieves the stinging as well.

After the procedure

  • To avoid inflammation after a chemical peel, avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and makeup for at least 24 hours. For at least a week, avoid hot showers and other direct sources of heat. For at least two weeks, avoid using exfoliants, toners, and facial treatments like waxing. 
  • Remember to moisturize and reinforce your skin’s barrier with a water-based moisturizer or treatment lotion. Use SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin, and wash your face with cool water instead of warm.

Chemical Peel Results

Chemical peels can produce results as early as 7-10 days after the procedure. Because the results are cumulative, more than one session is typically required to achieve the best results. 

Types of Chemical Peels

Light Peels

Glycolic acid peels
Glycolic acid peels are well-known for their ability to even out skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation. They can also add a glow and lustre to the skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Salicylic acid peels
Salicylic acid peels are ideal for gentle skin exfoliation. By penetrating the epidermis (the top layer of skin), they effectively unclog pores, improve skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of melasma.

Jessner’s Solution
Jessner’s solution, named after its creator, dermatologist Max Jessner, is a superficial peel made up of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol in an ethanol base. Its benefits are multifaceted: it helps to effectively remove blackheads, lighten pigmentation, remove the superficial layers of skin, and reduce shallow

Medium Peels and Deep Peels

Trichloroacetic acid peels
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are classified as medium depth because they primarily target the top layer of the skin (epidermis), whereas TCA peels with higher concentrations reach the underlying layer. If you want an even skin tone, fewer wrinkles, and fewer blemishes, TCA peels may be for you.

Chemcial Peel Treatment Patient

What can Chemical Peels treat?

Chemical peels are effective for a variety of skin conditions. Chemical peels have the potential to treat or improve the following conditions:

  • Pigmentation irregularities include age spots, freckles, melasma (face discoloration), sun spots, and more.
  • Sun damage.
  • Certain types of acne
  • Scarring
  • Rosacea is a skin condition that causes flushing or long-term redness on the face.
  • Lines and creases like Crow’s Feet
  • Precancerous skin lesions.
  • Uneven skin tone, texture, or redness.
  • Actinic keratoses are scaly spots or patches on the top layer of skin.
  • Sagging skin.

Please consult a medical professional if you have any specific questions about your condition.

Who are Chemical Peels suitable for?

A chemical peel is not appropriate for people

Risks and Side Effects

A chemical peel, like any other beauty procedure, carries certain risks. People with darker skin tones are more likely to experience post-peel colour change.

We use the Fitzpatrick scale to determine which type of chemical peel to use.

Fitpatrick Score

As shown in the image above, this scale categorizes skin into six types:

People with types I, II, and III are less likely to scar or change the color of their skin than those with types IV, V, and VI. In general, people with brown or black skin can safely undergo superficial (light) peels.

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