Tired of the normal facial routines you do every month? Planning to try something different that brings better results? Then maybe, just have a look at what chemical peels are all about and see if you want to give it a try! Before the words chemical and peel scare you off, it is nothing like what it sounds like. Okay, I was just joking, it is exactly how it sounds like, but don’t let the words give you a fright. Chemical peels is a skin treatment where a certain acidic solution is placed on your face, neck and hands and is later ‘peeled’ of pulling off the older skin, making way for new skin to grow. This peeling is very beneficial as it helps to reduce wrinkles, make pimples disappear and take off a few years of you making you look younger and brighter. And for skin that has been damaged by being exposed under the sun, chemical peeling will help to repair that damage.
How it’s done?
Chemical peels are best done by certified dermatologist rather than a beautician. This is because, before starting the procedure, the dermatologist will first determine your skin type and see which type of chemical has to be used on you. If you have a certain allergy reaction or family history of skin problems, the dermatologist will help suggest an easier or better method of skin peeling. Normal beauticians won’t have the answer to all, and unknowingly the chemicals they use may cause harm or permanent scar to your face and body. So remember, for chemical peeling, always go to a dermatologist.
After determining your skin type and skin tone, the dermatologist will start the procedure. He or she will first place the chemical, usually a kind of acid on the desired area you wish to ‘peel’. As soon as this happens, some people will endure a kind of burning sensation, where the old skin is sort of burnt out giving way to new skin to grow. But this sensation will be immediately cooled down with cold compression. If the pain is slightly more than bearable, you will be given medicine especially painkillers.
After the procedure
When the skin has been evenly placed with the chemical, and the old skin is ‘peeled’ off, the first thing you will encounter is a sunburn reaction. The skin where it has been peeled will look red and will take most probably a few days till a week for it to come back to the normal skin color. Some people however will get minor peel of skinned as the days go by after the procedure, but this is totally normal. New skin is pushing out the old skin.
The only thing to avoid after a chemical peeling procedure is the exposure to the sun. Since the new skin has just began to come out, it will be highly sensitive to direct sun light and heat. So, after you have done the chemical peeling, try to avoid outdoor activities for at least a month. Always use a good moisturizer for your skin and keep it well protected until its strong enough to be exposed to light. Although chemical peels are recommended to be done to light skinned people, even those who have a darker tone skin can try it also. Do consult your dermatologist whether it will suit the color of your skin.
There are countless more benefits of chemical peels which isn’t always to be cosmetic related. People who have scars from past injuries or mothers who have stretch marks and scars after giving birth can also go through this process to have new and better skin. There are not many problems when going through a chemical peel process. It all depends on the sensitivity of your skin or if you have a family history of skin problems. It is the after math, taking care of the skin after its peel which is most important. If you neglect the instructions of your dermatologist, then you will have to face with scars and pain that was never there before. As far as cost is concern, there is not really a price range that can be confirmed, this is because it depends on the dermatologist, and what method they use and what chemical they use.