What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a technique to improve the appearance of the skin, face, neck or hands.
A chemical solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off.
The new regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
What are the types of Chemical Peels?
Superficial or Lunchtime Peel: Alpha hydroxy acid or a mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer Layer of skin to gently exfoliate it.
The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin.
Medium Peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells.
The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It can also be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths i.e. actinic keratosis
Deep Peel: Trichloroacetic acid or phenol (in high concentration) is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells.
The treatment removes age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.
When is a Chemical Peel appropriate?
Chemical Peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:
Acne scars, Dark spots (melisma), Dark circles around eyes, Aging skin, Crow's feet, Scars, Sun damaged skin, Sagging skin and Fine Wrinkles
Who is not a candidate for Chemical Peel?
The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex sores.
Other counter indications include patients who are nursing or pregnant, have taken Accutane in last six months and have Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis or Rosacea.
Article Compiled By:
Dr. Bharti Verma
MBBS, MD Dermatology
Skin Specialist in Indirapuram
Dermatologist in Vasundhara
Varenya Skin Clinic Vasundhara and indirapuram