What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel 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 regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
What are the different types of chemical peels?
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels, AHA
- Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels, BHA
- Jessner’s Peel
- Retinoic Acid Peel
- Trichloroacetic Acid Peels, TCA
- Phenol Peels
At Clariancy Aesthetic Clinc, we offer the following chemical peels:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels, AHA (Glycolic Acid)
- Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels, BHA (Salicylic Acid, PCA Peels)
- Trichloroacetic Acid Peels, TCA (Easy Peel)
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring organic carboxylic acids such as glycolic acid, a natural constituent of sugar cane juice and lactic acid, found in sour milk and tomato juice.
Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid are able to get deeper into the pore than AHAs. Studies show that BHA peels control acne as well as remove dead skin cells.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used as an intermediate to deep peeling agent in concentrations ranging from 20-50%. Depth of penetration is increased as concentration increases, with 50% TCA penetrating into the reticular dermis.
Chemical peels are used to:
- reduce fine wrinkling and lines.
- reduce uneven pigmentation.
- aid in the control of acne and blackheads.
- smooth rough dry skin.
- improve skin texture and colour.
- promote skin cell renewal.
- brighten and smoothen skin.
- soften look of scars
How are chemical peels performed?
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and impurities. The chemical peel is prepared and applied to the area to be treated. Glycolic peels have a time limit of 3 minutes. After which, the doctor will apply a neutralising solution to neutralise the chemical peel. For salicylic acid or PCA peels, the solution is applied twice. Easy Peels require multiple coats until a reaction between the skin and chemical peel is observed. At any stage, if there is pain or significant signs of inflammation, the chemical peel is either neturalised or discontinued.
What to expect during the procedure?
During the procedure, most patients will experience a warm and stinging sensation. This can be alleviated by using cold compresses and blowing cool air to the treated area.
What happens after the procedure? Are there any downtimes associated with chemical peelings?
A reaction similar to a sunburn occurs following chemical peels. There will be redness following by scaling that ends within 5 to 14 days depending on the type of chemical peel used. You may want to schedule important functions till after your skin has fully recuperated. The newly rejuvenated skin is very sensitive to sunlight and dry. You are advised to apply moisturizers and sunblock lotions and to avoid applying make up until your skin has fully recuperated.
What are the possible side effects of Chemical Peeling?
- Cause stinging.
- Cause skin redness.
- Cause skin irritation and dryness.
- Small risk of scarring. This can usually be treated with good results.
- Reactivation of cold sores. You may have to take medication after the peel in order to prevent an outbreak
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