Dr. Mrs. Nirved Jain – Chemical Peel Specialist
A chemical peel (derma-peeling) is a body treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off.
The chemical, when put on the skin removes the topmost layer of the skin to leave a healthy, fresh and youthful look with an even tone. By removing the topmost layer of the skin, the lower layer is stimulated to lay down more collagen and hence make the skin look younger.
A chemical peel treatment is very useful for those individuals who have facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.
Following are the types of chemical peels:
Alpha Hydroxy Peels (AHA) : Derived from natural sources like fruits and dairy products, alpha hydroxyl peels are used for superficial skin peeling. They are used to exfoliate the epidermis and stimulate collagen growth.
Trichloroacetic Peels (TCA) : A medium depth peel, it removes the outer layers of the skin and promotes collagen and elastin generation. It is used to remove fine lines, control skin damage and even out pigmentation.
Salicylic Acid Peels : A medium depth peel used for acne damage and wart removal, it is not suitable for sensitive skin. It is also used to repair skin damage.
Q- How is a Chemical Peel Performed?
During a chemical peel procedure, firstly the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid (phenol), are applied to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, regenerated skin to appear.
Q- How do I feel during and after a chemical peel procedure?
During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging. A deeper peel may require pain medication during or after the procedure.
After the chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs depending upon the type of chemical peel used. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved.
Q- How do I know which type of peel suits me best?
Your dermatologist is the best person to suggest which chemical peel procedure suits your skin best. Dr. Mrs. Nirved Jain suggests you the best procedure depending upon your skin’s contour, pigmentation and color.
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