Chemical peel is a procedure of removal of dead skin surface which help in bringing out glowing, healthy and smooth skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to remove the top most layers of the skin and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:
Chemical peel is the most common cosmetology procedure for aging face. The risk of chemical is very low when done by best cosmetologist. The use of peel improves the skin texture, decreases pigmentation and skin wrinkles. The chemical peel procedure is subcategorized into superficial, medium thickness and deep. In clinical practice, superficial peels are the most commonly used peel.
A wide variety of agents is used effectively as superficial peels such as alpha hy-droxyl acids (AHAs), beta hydroxyl acid, jessner's solution, resorcinol and tri-chloroacetic acid (TCA). The superficial peeling agent produces effect on the skin by removing the top layer of skin and increases the cell cycle rate. Glycolic acid is the most commonly used AHA.
Salicylic acid is another commonly used peel by cosmetologist and aesthetic dermatologist. Salicylic peel has been to shown to fade pigment spots, decrease skin roughness and reduce fine lines. The anti-inflammatory effects of salicylic also make it useful in acne and roscacea. It can also be combined with traditional acne therapy for early improvement of acne pustule and comedones.
Obagi Blue peel contains TCA and it's a medium depth peel. It's primarily used for wrinkle treatment and pigment problems. It takes around 7-10days to look normal following a medium depth peel.
Following a chemical peel treatment, you should avoid sun exposure, apply good layer of sunscreen and moisturiser. The treatment is done in multiple sessions with a gap of 2-3weeks.