What is Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment that involves the application of an acid solution to the specific areas to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. While treating with chemical peels, physicians apply Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), or phenol to the skin. The chemical solution when applied creates blisters and eventually peels off. This enhances and smoothens the texture of the new skin making it less wrinkled.
What are the areas where Chemical Peel treatment can be done?
Chemical peel is commonly used around the face, neck, hands, legs and other body areas. It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, dull skin, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.
What are the benefits of Chemical Peel treatment?
Chemical peels can treat the following skin conditions:
- Wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
- Fine wrinkles on the upper eyelids
- Vertical wrinkles around the mouth
- Crow’s feet lines around the eyes and lower eyelids
- Precancerous skin growths
- Dry skin and dead skin cells
- Dark spots, blotchy skin and open pores
- Rough textured skin
- Acne, acne scars and chicken pox scars
- Razor bumps on the skin
- Ingrown hairs
- Superficial facial scars from a past injury
What are the side effects of Chemical Peel?
During the treatment, most of the patients experience stinging, burning and itching sensation for about five to ten minutes. Your skin reaction and the sensations will be monitored by the practitioner who will then be stopped by the neutralization.
Chemical peels are generally safe; however, some side effects include:
- Allergic reactions
- Abnormal healing
- Thickened scarring
- If prone to herpes, possible eruption
- Unanticipated skin colour changes
What are the pre- procedure treatments to be followed?
Before treatment, make sure to follow this pre-procedure care:
- Avoid using depilatory creams, bleach, shave or have any hair removal treatments for three days prior to a treatment.
- If you are under any medications (especially, oral medications for treating acne) or unwell, inform your practitioner.
- Avoid intensive exposures to UV rays for at least two weeks before your treatment.
- Avoid scrubbing, exfoliating or applying peeling products such as AHA’s – Retin-A, Renova, Glycolic acid for at least 3 days prior to a skin peel.
- Avoid facial fillers or Botox treatment for at least two weeks prior.
- Avoid any laser / heat treatments for three days prior.
- Inform your practitioner, if you are using any prescribed antibiotics, steroids or retinoid creams.
What are the post- procedure treatments to be followed?
Avoid the following for 24 hours after treatment:
- Exposure to sun and applying sun block is mandatory every 3-4 hours even if the skies are cloudy.
- Rubbing or scrubbing the skin
- Exposing skin to heat like jacuzzi, hot showers, saunas and steam rooms
- Swimming and cardiovascular exercise
- Perfume, moisturisers, deodorant and make-up
If you are worried about open pores and sun-damaged dull looking skin, book an appointment with DNA Skin Clinic, as we offer quality chemical peels treatments. Treat your unhealthyskin with an appointment!