Chemical peels are a form of exfoliation that help remove damaged outer layers of the skin, allowing a fresh, new layer of skin to appear with improvement in texture and skin abnormalities.
Skin peeling concept has been used since Cleopatra where she used sour milk containing lactic acid.
The principle of chemical peel is to cause an injury to the skin at the require depth to allow regeneration and remodeling without causing permanent scarring.
Chemical peels can be used in all skin color and ages. They are divided according to the depth as superficial, medium and deep peels.
Chemical peels have cosmetic and medical benefits. By renewing the skin, it improves pore size, hyperpigmentation and fine lines. They can also improve acne, benign keratosis and actinic keratosis.
Chemical peels improves the appearance of the skin, it evens skin color by reducing sunspots, age spots and freckles. Your skin will have a smoother texture and a healthy glow!
Before getting a chemical peel it is important to discontinue creams that contain Retinol or Glycolic Acid.
The chemical peels is a simple technique, the patient skin is cleaned, then the chemical solution is applied and after, patients can feel a mid burning sensation that last about 5 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation.
Usually patients will experience a reaction similar to sunburn following the procedure. Redness can occur after the treatment and within 2-4 days the skin will be peeling or scaling.
I recommend patients to use a daily sun protection to protect their skin from UV rays. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure at least 3-4 weeks depending on how aggressive is the peeling. It is important to use sunblock to decrease the stimulation of melanin producing cells in the new layer of skin.
Direct sun exposure can increased the risk of hyperpigmentation and uneven pigmented new skin.