Chemical peels are the most common aesthetic procedures performed today.
What is done in chemical peel ?
Chemical peel is a procedure where chemical agents are applied on the skin for a certain time and neutralised. Depending on the skin condition and skin type ,the time of application and strength of the peel is decided.
Chemical peels cause exfoliation and produce controlled removal of superficial layers of skin causing improvement in colour, texture and decreasing oil secretions.
What are the skin conditions chemical peels are done ?
Skin conditions in which chemical peels are indicated :
Do we use the same strength of peel for all skin conditions?
Different strengths of peels, varying from very superficial to deep depth peels are available. The strength of peel is selected for different skin conditions depending on how deep the skin layer we want to be treated is .
Based on what factors do we decide the depth of the peel ?
The depth of the peel is selected by below factors
- Type of caustic chemical
- Mode and number of applications,
- Skin type,
- Skin condition being treated.
Can these peels used at home ?
Yes, superficial peels with mild strength like glycolic and salicylic can be used at home.
What is the pre treatment preparation to be done ?
Your dermatologist will prime your skin 2 weeks before starting a chemical peel .
Priming of skin includes using topical creams like tretinoin,sunscreen and moisturizer.
All cream should be stopped a day before the chemical peel session .
What are the available peels?
Superficial, Medium and Deep Peels available include
- Yellow peel
- Azelac acin
- Kojic acid
How often do we need to get chemical peel done ?
Chemical peel can be done at an interval of 2 weeks to 4 weeks depending on strength of the peel and condition being treated.
When used for appropriate condition and proper technique ,nearly all peels demonstrate excellent results and are cost effective
Can chemical peeling done for body tan ?
Yes, chemicals of medium to deep strength are preferred for body tan ,it can be done on any area of the body.
What is the post procedure care to be taken?
Emollient should be applied to all treated areas for the first 5 to 7 days post treatment. Use of sunscreen is mandatory post treatment. For deep peels a topical antibiotic is prescribed.