One of the oldest cosmetic procedures, Chemical Peel has been used from the times of Cleopatra who famously used lactic acid to maintain an ageless skin. The name CHEMICAL PEEL is a misnomer as neither chemicals are used nor it peels the skin but it causes a controlled inflammation to regenerate the skin.
Although a lot of innovation has taken place in lasers and technologies still chemical peels are irreplaceable in certain skin conditions. They are known to be safer than most of the procedures and best complement the laser and other light based procedures. Depending on which combination of acid your dermatologist recommends, it benefits the skin, scalp, body and face.
The procedure helps in treating:
- skin discoloration
- Age spots
- Rough-feeling skin
- Fine lines (especially the ones’ under our eyes and around the mouth)
- Dull complexion
- Sun-damaged skin and
They are cost effective and efficacious in skilled hands. The objective is to exfoliate the specific layers of skin leading to spontaneous elimination of dead skin and subsequent regeneration of new skin. They can even be used for therapeutic purposes. The depth of lesion defines the type of chemical peel and the results expected.
How does it work?
- First, your skin doctor will clean your skin thoroughly so as to clear any elements be it dirt, makeup or oil which might create a barrier between acid and skin.
- A chemical gel/fluid is applied on the skin’s surface which dissolves the outer dead layer of the skin, letting the new skin take its place and build its collagen
- Post this, the skin is again cleansed or neutralised.
How to choose the right peel for your skin?
It is very important you consult an expert for a chemical peel. A dermatologist suggests which chemical peel is right for you based on your skin type.
Does it include any downtime?
Depending on the chemical peel use – some do not require much down time and you can go home post the treatment. While the others involve a recovery time of two to three weeks.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes.
Precautions after the procedure
In case of any discomfort post skin peel, you can use ice packs at home. We suggest staying out of the sun for the following days and avoiding makeup (or as directed by the dermatologist) based on the peel and duration. We also recommend to not go for another treatment during the same time or scratch your face after this procedure.
When can you see the results of Chemical peel?
Depending on the peel used by your dermatologist, some show instant results while some give it over a period of time post a number of sittings.
We at Dr. Divya’s Skin and Hair Solutions Clinic use world class peeling agents and follow international standards and protocols which are suitable for all skin types.