All you need to know about Chemical Peels
Chemical Peels have been around for quite a long period and we see a good reason for it. How does it work? Or does it really work out for us? A Peel can help solve your skin woes right from acne scars to uneven skin tone to melasma and fine lines plus wrinkles.
They are tried and tested to be true!
Chemical peels are experiencing a rebirth of sorts owing to growing numbers of cosmetic doctors that may turn to these treatments to address a wide range of skin concerns and conditions. What is the great thing about them is that they are low tech and not intimidating when compared to lasers as they address the same problems right from skin discolouration, texture and wrinkles.
Why get a Peel
The term chemical peel nowadays applies to so many different formulations ranging from weaker glycolic peels that can be made at home to the strongest ones that may require sedation or anaesthesia. They can correct acne, age spots, discolouration, tone, fine lines, melasma, sun damage and much more. They produce a change that is relatively light and can refresh the skin through exfoliation. Moderately deep peels can give solutions to pigmentation issues and the deeper ones can be effective in correcting wrinkles.
Different types of Peels and what they can do for you
- Mild Peels: They consist of AHA peels or fruit acid peels mostly such as glycolic, citric or lactic acid that can help improve acne scars, skin tone, and texture, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the effects of sun damage. After a thorough cleansing of the face, the peel is applied with a brush, pad or cotton swab. You may feel a slight tingling that may last for the duration of the peel. Aftercare matters too. Apply recommended lotion or cream until the skin heals and use sunscreen daily.
- Medium strength peels: They use more or less the same acids as in mild peels but on a much higher level. These peels are deeper and your skin may turn red or swollen after application and blisters may form. Aftercare instructions may include applying lotion or cream to the treated area and avoiding the sun until healing is complete. These peels may also help to correct acne scars and do not miss these methods to get rid of acne once in for all.
- Deep Chemical Peels: They may be the strongest peels out there that may target deep wrinkles sun damage and uneven tone. They, however, work best on lighter skin since there is less risk of hypopigmentation or bleaching. Owing to the strength of these peels anaesthesia may be required and post the procedure, redness may occur and can last for weeks. The results are long term and dramatic however and these phenol-based peels can be used for more severe skin changes and wrinkles but in current times these deep peels have fallen out of favour given the availability of lasers as well as phenol’s possible link to heart issues.
ShensSpeciality Hospital provides high-quality medical and dermatological procedures for Hair, Skin and Nails. DrAarthiSathishkumar, Best Dermatologist in Chennai is a well-known dermatologist and cosmetologist who heads our dermatology department in Shen’s. She has immense knowledge of basic science encompassing microbiology, pathology, biochemistry, physics, physiology and endocrinology. Together with a team, we are committed to patient care by working up of a case, discussions and more efficient management of patients. The consultants & residents cater to the needs of the patients with utmost care & compassion.