Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a procedure that rejuvenates skin. Most individuals benefit from the application of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA). In almost all cases, patients will notice an improved texture and tone of skin.

These are fruit acids that have been used since ancient times for skin rejuvenation. The secret of Cleopatra’s skin was bathing in sour milk, which has lactic acid. Glycolic acid is a sugarcane extract. These are fruit acids. They are known as chemical peels because a small amount of chemical is added to maintain the pH of the, which is safe for your skin.

Superficial chemical peels are a means of deep pore cleansing for your skin. In India, as we do clean-ups or facials, internationally, superficial peels are done. Your dermatologist is the best person to recommend the type of peel.

Chemical peeling is a 5–10-minute procedure. A liquid is applied to your face and neutralized after 3–7 minutes, depending on your skin type and the peel used.

In most cases, work or other normal activities may be resumed immediately.

No. There is a mild degree of “tingling” or a slightly itchy sensation while the peel is in is in contact with the skin. Upon neutralizing the peel, the skin feels fresh and smooth without discomfort.

You may go outside, but sunscreen must be worn for at least a few days after the peel, as your skin will likely be a little more sensitive to sun exposure.

Many individuals find that a peel performed every four to six weeks gives optimal results. Usually, four sessions of chemical peels are required for optimal results.

No, chemical peeling will not remove deep lines. However, a peel will often improve the tone, texture, smoothness, and appearance of the skin. You might require other procedures like lasers, botox, and fillers for the treatment of deeper wrinkles.

If you desire to revitalize your skin and improve its texture, are in generally good health, and have realistic expectations of the results of the treatment, then you’re the ideal candidate for a chemical peel.

You may not be a good candidate for chemical peeling if you have

  • A history of abnormal skin scarring
  • A naturally dark complexion or skin tone
  • A tendency to have extra pigmentation on your scars
  • Used certain acne treatments within the last year.
  • Skin conditions or medications that make the skin more sensitive than normal

It is generally advised to avoid chemical peels during pregnancy and lactation.

Strict sun protection and moisturisation are advised post-procedure. You should avoid scratching the treated area, hot shower baths, saunas, and strenuous physical activity for 48 hours. Application of skin care products containing glycolic acid, retinols, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc. is to be avoided for 3 days after superficial and medium-depth peels and for 7–10 days after deeper peels.

After a medium or deep peel, you will have downtime. A deep chemical peel requires recuperation at home for 2 to 3 weeks.

Once your skin heals, you will see the results. Healing time ranges from 1 day for a refreshing or lunchtime peel to 14 days or longer for a deep peel.

Most results are not permanent because our skin continues to age. That’s why repeat sessions are required after 4 weeks.

In the hands of a doctor who has experience with chemical peels, side effects tend to be mild. Some patients develop:

  • Persistent redness that may last for months.
  • Temporary darkening of the skin. 
  • Lighter skin color (medium and deep peels).
  • Scarring (very rare when a peel performed by a dermatologist). 

To maintain results, you can repeat mild and medium chemical peels after 4-6 weeks.