By Dr. Jolly Shah, Dermatology
A chemical peel is an advanced dermatology technique which is generally used to enhance the quality and appearance of facial skin, as well as that of the hands and neck. The technique involves the application of a chemical solution, which effectively exfoliates the skin.
Chemical peels are characterised into 3 types-
- Superficial or lunchtime peel- Makes use of Alpha-hydroxy acid
- Medium peel- Make use of Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid
- Deep peel- Make use of Trichloroacetic acid or phenol
Benefits of Chemical Peel Application-
- The peel exfoliates skin gently. It also effectively treats certain kinds of acne.
- It successfully helps with the reduction of age spots and dark patches which generally appear because of pregnancy or the consumption of contraceptive pills.
- As a chemical peel effectively exfoliates the skin, it removes the dead skin and considerably improves your overall appearance.
Who Needs Chemical Peels?
The most suitable candidates for chemical peels are individuals who are fair skinned and comparatively light haired too. Individuals who have a very sensitive skin and are susceptible to or are suffering from a skin disease or infection are not suitable for this procedure.
Pregnant or nursing women and individuals with sun burns or cuts in the skin are not suitable to undergo a chemical peel procedure. Depending on the type of chemical peel you have opted for, there is a bit of redness which lasts for about 3-7 days. This redness usually goes away completely, leaving you skin comparatively smoother than before, glowing and better.