Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

Chemical peel: save your skin from aging

chemical-peels

People are very conscious about their aesthetics and its problems. Most of them are ready to acquire all the available methods to protect it. There are various measures available in the market. But the results they provide are temporary and some are not even effective at all. Chemical peeling is one of the best remedies available today and thus has gained immense popularity in the recent times. The treatment peels off the damaged skin and helps to regenerate the new one, giving a new, smooth and glowing look to the skin.

Experts like Dr. Sajan R. Agarwal and his Rama skin clinic offers several treatments for those who are disappointed with their saggy and ageing skin.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a process in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. Physicians use alpha hydroxy acids (AH), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or phenol to the skin.

Treatment is suggested according to the depth of the wound or scar on the skin. The damaged skin reestablishes from the deeper layers of the epidermis and forms the external part of the skin.

Types:

Depending on the damage of the skin chemical peeling is categorized into:

  • Superficial: Do not damage skin below the epidermis, the most superficial skin layer
  • Medium: This reach to the superficial layers of the dermis, the deeper layers of the skin
  • Deep: This generally reaches the deeper layers of the dermis

Benefits:

  • Improving the skin tone, clarity, and texture
  • Stimulating new collagen and growth of healthy skin cells, resulting in a radiant complexion
  • Reducing discoloration created by sun damage
  • Helping to clean up breakouts
  • Smoothing away the marks of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhancing hydration of the skin
  • Addressing skin imperfections and superficial scars

After peel, providing skin care products for use at home are more effective because a peel can clean up several layers of skin build-up and congestion, allowing products to immerse deeper into the skin.

Risks:

Chemical peels rarely bring in severe consequences, but certain problems do exist. These are scarring, infection, swelling, changes in skin tone, and cold sore outbreaks. You can minimize the complications associated with facial peels by following all instructions properly and by providing your entire medical history.

Do's

  • Consult a dermatologist for a proper chemical peel that is right for your skin type
  • Very important that the skin care professional has access to all of your medical history and including the medications you are currently taking
  • Always use daily protection on your skin such as sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF (Sunscreen Protection Factor)
  • Treat your skin with care and don't be too harsh as your skin is already prone to injuries
  • Conduct proper follow-up treatments with your skin care professional for the best results
  • Don't try to peel the skin, wait for skin to peel off on its own

Don'ts

  • Don't try yourself at home, research a skin care professional and take his advice. The level of treatment and depth may vary.
  • Keep your skin away from the sun and heat
  • Avoid waxing your skin one week before and up to two weeks after treatments  and stay away from all other hair removal products
  • Strictly don't touch your skin and pick off any skin that may be peeling off
  • Avoid sweating, thus don’t exercise and stay away from extreme hot temperature until the process of peeling is completed

Authored By Dr. Sajjan R Agarwal

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