Chemical Peel

A chemical peel uses a varying strength chemical solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new cells. A chemical peel occurs when a dermatological safe solution is applied to the skin to remove some of the outer layers and reveal a fresh new layer of skin cells underneath. This also effectively induces some tightening of the skin, restoring a more youthful appearance. Chemical peels can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels can be performed by a trained professional on not only the face, but also successfully on the neck, chest, back, arms, hands, and even legs that may have been damaged by elements such as sun, wind and neglect. In many cases a chemical peel is performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as exfoliation scrubs to increase the effectiveness. The overall skin texture is dramatically smoothed and superficial wrinkles are quickly reduced.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Superficial or lighter chemical skin peels can be used to improve the texture of the skin and to decrease the incidence of acne and blackheads and are quick and easy treatments. The skin peel is usually done using a milder glycolic acid or another alpha hydroxy acid, lightly exfoliating the skin and giving a healthy glow. Medium depth peels using stronger glycolic concentrations or TCA (trichloroacetic acid) are deeper acting chemical peels. Their benefits include decreased lines and scars on the skin, and these peels are ideal for treating damage caused by sun exposure such as darker pigmentation and sunspots. There is some evidence that TCA peels may also reduce the risk of skin cancer. Deeper chemical peels are performed using phenol and provide the greatest benefit to treat coarse facial wrinkles, pre-cancerous growths and serious sun damage with just one treatment. A popular area for a deeper phenol cosmetic peel is around the mouth to eradicate deeper wrinkles. Deep chemical peels do provide the greatest benefits but are also the most aggressive of the chemical skin peeling treatments with a lengthy recovery time and may cause hypo-pigmentation (loss of pigment) in the treated area.

The Chemical Peel Procedure

Superficial/ Glycolic Chemical Peel

A superficial or glycolic chemical peel is applied to the skin and left on between three and ten minutes before being rinsed off or neutralized. A mild stinging sensation may be felt on the skin with pinkness and blotching that will fade after one to two hours. A faint discoloration may also occur, but otherwise there are no after effects and normal daily life can be resumed straight away. A superficial chemical peel treatment should be scheduled weekly for a time period of four to six weeks with a recommendation of monthly peels for skin maintenance. A mild or medium depth chemical peel can be preceded by ultrasonic  exfoliation. This allows deeper, more effective penetration of the peel solution, promoting invigorating cell renewal and a healthy, balanced skin surface.

The skin requires pre-treatment for two weeks prior to the chemical peel with Retin-A and hydroquinone combination cream which primes the skin and helps prevent skin darkening after the peel. Following cleansing, the chemical peel solution is applied evenly to the skin with the treated area turning a whitish grey over several minutes. To neutralize the acid in the peel, cool saline compresses are then applied. The face may swell during application with stinging or burning affecting the skin for up to an hour following treatment. The healing process will take around a week in which the skin will begin to itch and peel, leaving a slightly red new layer of skin that will fade to a fresh pink over the next four to six weeks. The treatment should be repeated every one to two months, dependent upon the condition of the skin, the amount of correction or repair needed, and the results required. You should plan for a maintenance program of a cosmetic peel every 3-6 months thereafter.

A deep chemical peel requires some form of anesthesia, either oral or intravenous, depending upon the extent of the procedure and must be performed in an operating room to monitor the heart rhythm. The skin is cleansed and a strong peel applied and left on for around 30 minutes before being neutralized. The face swells in the first two days and can be very itchy during the healing process, taking around two weeks before the face is healed, with redness persisting for 2-3 months. One treatment can produce dramatic results with a deeper chemical peel, but healing time can be lengthy, and there may be some permanent loss of normal skin pigmentation.

Although uncommon, these complications can occur with the application of chemical peels:


A certain chemical peel may not be suitable for a dark, olive or Asian skin, but the doctor or aesthetician can determine this at the time of your consultation. Clients with facial melanomas or other skin cancers are not suitable for any chemical peel treatment. Deeper peels cannot be performed on clients with history of cardiac arrhythmia.

Chemical peels are specifically formulated, non-toxic preparations for safe use on most skins, with varying strength peels for different situations and skin conditions. Consultation is essential to determine which chemical peel and treatment program is suitable to produce an accelerated, even peeling of damaged skin layers, exposing renewed, regenerated and smoother skin safely and easily. beste kasinoer pa nett

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