Chemical Peels

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are simple chemical solutions that can affect the areas where they are applied, mainly the face, neck, eyes, and hands. Most chemical peels are derived from fruits, milk, and plants. These are some of the most natural substances you can think of. Common peels include glycolic, yellow, lactic, and TCA peels.

What can Chemical peels do?

Chemical peels are used to treat many issues with your skin, some of which include:

  • Sun damage

  • Uneven skin tone

  • Pigmentation and melasma

  • Acne

  • Acne scars

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Dull and damaged skin

  • Rejuvenation of the skin

How do Chemical Peels work?

Chemical peels are mainly acids. This is because human skin is acidic, with a pH of 5.5. To affect the skin, we need to use something compatible with the skin and can penetrate it easily; hence, acids are used.

Once it reaches the deeper layer of the skin, depending on its depth, it can elicit a repair response in the skin, varying from suppressing pigment cells to increasing blood flow to collagen production. As the repair response gets triggered in the skin, you will see surface changes.

General Precautions to take while taking Chemical Peels:

  • It is best to refrain from using home-use peel systems that are now available. It is always better to let your doctor decide which peel and what concentration will work best for your problems.

  • A primed skin, meaning prepared skin, will give the best results for a chemical peel session. A good moisturizer should be applied regularly before and after the peel session as directed by the doctor. A sunblock is mandatory both before and after a chemical peel session.

  • Sometimes dryness can occur post-chemical peel session, as the skin is in a repair mode at this time. Don’t worry about it. With proper moisturizer and sunblock, it will settle in 3-4 days.

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It’s important to understand that everything is made up of chemicals. The human body is essentially a chemical factory, composed of substances like fats, proteins, and bones. Similarly, the food we eat consists of chemicals such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals.

Chemicals can be both harmful and beneficial. Just because something has the word “chemical” associated with it, we should not automatically view it negatively.

Chemical peels can work wonders for your skin. From fighting acne to anti-aging, peels have many uses. The key is selecting the right peel, concentration, and frequency.

Depending on the depth at which the peel is acting, the effects of a chemical peel can last from 2 weeks to 6 weeks.

The most effective peel depends on the condition that needs to be treated. The most common peels you may have heard of are Yellow Peel, Glycolic Peel, TCA Peel, etc.

Yes, you will see some improvement after a single session, but remember that just as damage takes many years to accumulate, treatment also requires multiple sessions to show its best effect.

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