Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments for the face and other body parts. They are used to improve its appearance by causing the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. When this happens, the skin underneath is smoother and appears less wrinkled.

Here are some reasons why some people get chemical peels:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scars
  • Melasma
  • Uneven skin tone or redness

There are three types of chemical peels:

  • Superficial peels which use mild acids like hydroxy acid. This type of acid only gets to the superficial layer of the skin
  • Medium-depth peels: these peels get to the superficial and middle layers of the skin
  • Deep peels fully penetrate the deeper layers of the dermis. Peels like phenol and trichloroacetic acid are used here.

What to do before a chemical peel?

  • Do not use retinol medication for at least 48 hours before the procedure.
  • Inform your skin care specialist about any medications you may be using, even if it’s a drug supplement
  • Not to have taken Accutane for at least six months before the procedure.

Recommendations by your doctor before a chemical peel procedure:

  • Take antiviral medication if you have a history of fever blisters
  • Stop waxing or using depilatory creams at least a week before your peel.
  • Do not use exfoliants a week before your peel.