Chemical Peel

The process to remove dark spots depends upon individual to individual. A method that works for a person might not work for another person. Thus, trusting a dermatologist is a viable choice. Chemical Peel is a great way to enhance the appearance of the person with brown spots. The working of this process is based on basic dermabrasion principle. In this, the technician first removes an epidermal layer of the skin. Owing to this, a new cellular growth free from melanin concentration takes place. 

To remove age spots, you need to count on laser therapy as melanin absorbs the energy and disintegrates melanocytes. It might be possible that you require more than one session to eradicate the age spots. 

Chemical peel technique works efficiently on both inner layer and the outer skin. This process exfoliates epidermis and increases collagen as well as elastin formation in the dermis (superficial layer of the inner layer) from the fibroblastic activity. While on the one hand, the technique reduces fine lines & wrinkles, on the other hand, it reverses effects of sun damaged skin.

When it comes to skin cancer, the chemical peel is absolutely free from it and ensures prevention.In addition to this, it also evens out the skin color and eliminates sun-damaged skin. Note: If the used chemical peel is a more rooted dermal peel,  it reduces skin cancer risk more effortlessly.

All types of tan are dangerous for the skin. The tan only represents the response of skin to sun’s injury. While a tan is an injury, the sunburn is a worse case. It represents killed cells in the top as well as deep layers of the skin. The primary cause of sunburn is ultraviolet rays. In this state, the upper layer sheds in the form of flakes or sheets.

In general, these are epidermal cells that have developed due to injury and are stuck altogether. Please note, the more buried skin cells remain there with damaged skin. Out of these several cells, some gets repaired by the body and others having additional tanning and burns developed into skin cancer.

 Trust soap-free gentle cleanser to wash your face. Use of washcloths and scrubs should be strictly prohibited as these can further damage the peeling skin. Under such circumstances, hydrating moisture application twice a day or as often as possible is a must to control peeling and relieve dryness. 
Options like Elta intense moisturizer and TNS ceramide cream are a great choice.  In addition to this, you should wear physical sunblock daily. This offers protection against prolonged sun exposure for 1-week post peel.  Lastly, say a BIG NO to following listed products for at least 2 weeks after the chemical peel.

  • BHAs (salicylic)
  • Benzoyl peroxide 
  • Vitamin C products 
  • AHAs (lactic, glycolic, tartaric, etc.)
  • Lightening agents such as hydroquinone 
  • Acidic products such as retinoids
  • Exfoliative products including coarse sponges or loofahs

The doctor says no to cosmetics for 7 to 10 days. However, in some cases, it can be a bit longer after the chemical peel. Fortunately, you should be happy, as it provides extra time to your skin for breathing and healing.

Makeup is not sterile and includes bacteria thereby, exposing your bare skin to such face powder or foundation is a welcome call to bacteria, which can only harm the healing skin. If you really want to use makeup, count on doctor recommendation only.  Because doctor suggests a makeup with high SPF factor, which protects your face and lengthen the time-frame of chemical peel results.

What in actual Chemical peeling agents does is, it resurfaces the skin and eliminates skin’s superficial layer by inducing a controlled wound. Consequently, resulting in promoting the healthy top skin layer growth. Apart from this, the technique also offers protection against skin problems like fine lines, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, skin impurities, and uneven texture. 

Recovery time or healing time from a chemical peel varies as it depends on the peel strength and type. Usually, after the peel the skin feels tight immediately but, in some cases, it might be red. The peeling typically lasts for 3-5 days after the treatment depending on actual peel procedure. Use of sunscreen, gentle cleanser, and moisturizer is a great option during this time-frame to avoid further aggravation and enhance healing results. 

Just after the 1st 24 hours of a chemical peel, your skin appears tighter and comparatively more red than usual. Moreover, due to the application of Retinoic acid, the skin may feature yellowish-orange tinge and show tackiness. But, no need to worry, this is going to subsides in few hours as these are self-neutralizing peel. Note: Do not wash your face at least 4 hours after treatment.

Typically, peeling starts after 48-72 hours of treatment and remains for 2 to 5 days. Make sure not to pick off the peeling skin as premature skin peeling results in raw, cracked, and dry skin, which further aggravate the situation by developing into hyperpigmentation. The peeling is very minimal and can easily be controlled using a moisturizer. 

On the whole, a chemical peel offers the following benefits to your skin in acne: 

  • Improves acne 
  • Softens superficial scars 
  • Lighten acne marks and dark spots 
  • Treats blackheads and whiteheads 
  • Reduces the excess oil production

With chemical peels as such there is no adverse reactions. However, in some cases, there can be an infection, scarring, and numbness. In addition to this, under mild to medium peels, side effects like redness, mild irritation, and peeling are relatively common. The best thing is within few days; these side effects go away. Please note, in stronger chemical peels, the skin crusting and peeling as well as recovery time is more pronounced.

Just like any other medical procedure, in chemical peel also patients should stringently follow doctors’ instructions in both pre- and post-procedure care. This results in suppressing adverse side-effects affect. 

Chemical Peel is one of the well-known technique intended to provide youthful and vibrant appearance. This approach helps you bid goodbye to sun-damaged, blotchy, or wrinkly skin with great ease. Three types of chemical peel treatments are: 

Light Chemical Peel: This helps in improving acne scars and reducing sun-damage effects.
Medium Chemical Peel:  This helps in removing acne scars, smoothing wrinkles, correcting age spots, and removing others pigmentation signs. 
Deep Chemical Peel: With hands on this treatment, you can bid goodbye to deep & coarse wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, and pre-cancerous growths. 
In addition to acne scars, the treatment shows effectiveness in the skin tone and smoothness

Yes, chemical peels are helpful for mild acne scars.

When your skin encounters a sunburn, it shows several signs of inflammation such as swelling, redness, and pain. If you analyse sunburn under the microscope, you would see fluid between the cells and dilated blood vessels. Further, if the case is of blistering sunburn, i.e., second-degree burn, the top layer of skin appears separate from the bottom and includes the fluid.

Just after sunburn the skin feel hot and stiff due to inflammation and swelling respectively. In comparison to peeling, scrubbing of flakes or sheets is a better choice as this does not damage or injure the neighboring healthy skin. 

As such there is no serious side effect of chemical peel. However, a patient can undergo with several potential risks such as permanent scarring, chemical burns, and permanent pigment change( usually in people with darker skin). This is only because; it can cause adverse reactions. Thereby, it is always advisable to provide your complete medical history( such as cold sores, recurring fever blisters, heart disease, the tendency to scar, etc.) to the doctor prior to undergoing chemical peel treatment. 

This is one of the most common queries asked by patients when they decide to undergo the chemical peel. These techniques are acid-based solutions intended to deliver younger, shinier, and toned skin. The entire process involves exfoliation, brightening, and natural stimulation of the skin. The three different types of chemical peel procedures are:

Medium peel: In comparison to light peel, it soaks deeper into the skin. Thanks to its extraordinary properties, this skin peel option fights easily with acne, smoothens fine wrinkles, corrects pigmentation issues like sun damage and age spots. 
Deep peel: Self-explanatory, this skin peel penetrates deeper into the skin and delivers most dramatic results. With hands on this procedure, you can easily diminish deep as well as coarse wrinkles.Other good traits are you can eliminate pre-cancerous growths and treat sun-damaged skin. For this treatment, doctors trust phenol/carbolic acid mixed with either of following things like water, olive oil, soap, or croton oil.  
Superficial/ lunchtime peel: It is the mildest peel type and works efficiently on all types of skin. In terms of quality, it is quite safe. Using this, you can exfoliate topmost skin layer, improve acne scars, reduce effects of sun-damage, and enhance skin texture. The best point to consider here is that it does not involves any skin burns and scars.

All these procedures include different types of acids and vary in strength level. Depending on frequency, the specific procedure targets the particular body parts.

Generally, peeling takes somewhere around 7 to 10 days on an average. However, in some cases, it can be a bit higher, depending on both internal or external factors such as lifestyle, weather, age, skin type, and hormones. Actions like slight redness, flaking, and skin sensitivity is quite common as your skin eliminates dead skin cells. But do remember each treatment is different and varied areas of the body reacts differently as scalp, face, back, arms, chest, and legs all have the different texture. 
Moving-forward, if you see any rough, darkened, and patchy spots on the skin, no need to worry. These are quite normal and are going to resolve in few days on its own. Usually nose and mouth peels, but there is no guarantee that other body parts won’t peel.  Mostly, peeling arises after third or fourth day of the treatment.

Several precautionary steps to take into account before a chemical peel are as follows: 

  • Say No to waxing, deploritory cream, electrolysis, and laser hair removal prior to one week of the peel. 
  • Discontinue usage of any prescription topicals two or three days before the peel. 
  • Avoid using any products that include alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA),  benzoyl peroxide, beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), and retinol atleast two or three days before.  
  • Patients who have undergone any medical cosmetic facial treatments like cosmetic fillers, laser treatments, and any other surgical treatments should use this treatment only after resolving skin sensitivity.