Chemical peel involves the application to the skin of a chemical that causes a shedding of the surface skin layers. It speed up skin cell turnover when the new skin is formed.
It smoother the texture of facial skin by removing the dead layer of cells on the topmost layer of skin. It used to treat facial blemishes, very fine, superficial lines, hyperpigmentation spots, and smooth uneven or coarse texture. Pores become unclogged, skin is softer, and acne is improved.
Chemical peel comes in different strengths; very superficial, superficial, medium, and deep. The stronger the peel, obviously, the more profound the effect. The precise formula will be customized to each patient’s need.
Very superficial and superficial peels can definitely give your skin a certain glow and radiance. They can also even out hyperpigmentation.
Medium peels are quite effective for those with fine wrinkling and hyperpigmentation.
Deep peels are used for those with severe sun damage, with many cross-hatched lines and skin with a rough, leathery texture. They will stimulate collagen regeneration, with visible results. They can also provide a slight tightening effect.
Bear in mind there is a real risk for deep peels, especially the stronger ones tackling medium and deep layers of skin. If done improperly, the deeper the peel, the more white skin discolouration and red scarring would occur, especially in those with darker skin tones. However, the result is a severe response, with raw, wounded, oozing skin for two to three weeks, and pinkness for several months.
You must look for a experienced dermatologist who knows what he or she is doing, because the burning can be severe and damage can be permanent if a strict protocol is not followed, as technique here is crucial.
Depending on the type of peel, it may take a few hours or days. It is common to experience temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. However, these will disappear as the skin adjusts to treatment.
Infection and scarring, while uncommon, are possible. You will need to use sunscreen for several months to protect the new skin layer.
Chemical peel cannot replace lost volume, treat deep wrinkles, prominent scars from past acne, severe discolouration and thread veins.
For superficial peel, it is recommended to go for four rounds of monthly treatments for optimal results. As for medium peel, once a year will be sufficient while deep peel will be strongly advised to go only once or twice in your lifetime.
Cost : $100 onwards depending on the treated area and peel strength
The pain factor varies : very superficial and superficial peel might feel a little tingling; deep peel hurts a lot hence sedation is a mandatory.