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Chemical peel is an age old dermatological treatment for skin conditions. The procedure involves applying formulations of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Phenol, or Salicylic Acid to the skin to treat uneven skin pigmentations, reduce acne scars or to smooth and plump the skin. Chemical Peels have the ability to revitalize the skin and restoring it back to its youthful self. Different formulations of peels are appropriate for different skin types. That is why it’s important to see a medical specialist versed in chemical peels.
All skin types are suitable for Chemical Peels. Fair skin tones and darkest skin tones such as Fitpatrick skin type 6 can benefit for Chemical Peels. Peels are not however, one size fits all. Careful selection of peel type according to skin type and condition that needs treatment is paramount to achieving good results.
Peels can be applied anywhere on the skin except mucous membranes. Common areas of the skin where peels are applied are face, neck, back, hands, elbows and knees. Careful evaluation and pretreatment of the skin to be treated is important in achieving good outcomes.
While Chemical peels are fairly easy procedures to perform, it is imperative that they are done with the knowledge and understanding of the root cause of the problem you are trying to improve. Proper selection of peel type for the right patient is crucial to achieving desired outcomes safely.
Patients typically feel a tingling or burning sensation once the peel is applied to the face. This may last a few minutes and will dissipate quickly. The treated area may show some redness and mild swelling afterwards. Depending on the depth of peel performed, the skin may darken and begin to peel 3-7 days post treatment. Full results of the peel is evident 2-4 weeks after treatment.
After your chemical peel, your physician will give you instructions on what to do to achieve the best results. It is imperative that you only use balms, ointment or lotions recommended by your doctor.
Avoid excessive sweating and heat during this time period.
Avoid exposure to the sun
Wear Sunscreen of SPF or 30 or greater and reapply every 3 hours
Hats are a good way to decrease sun exposure in the Summer
Do not touch or pick your face.