Face peels might be a little sceptical. But, if done the right way, peels can solve your most annoying skin problems like acne and uneven skin tone. If you learn the proper way to use these products, you will notice the best results out of them. Read on to find out all about skin peels.
What is a chemical skin peeling?
Peeling is a procedure in which a mild acid solution, usually a fruit acid, is applied to the face to remove the outermost layer of cells. There is usually a balance between new cells being formed and old ones being removed. With age however, this gets decreased. So, the basic idea of peels is to accelerate the exfoliation process and get rid of the topmost layer of dead skin cells. The new skin that comes up is softer, smoother and has fewer imperfections.
Classes of chemical peels:
1. There are 3 classes: superficial or light peels, medium peels and deep peels.
Superficial peels are so called because they just accelerate exfoliation, instead of causing proper peeling. The downtime for recovery is very less. You may notice healthy, fresh and glowing skin almost immediately.
2. Medium peels use a solution that can soak in deep enough in one peel. These are safe to use on the neck, hands, and other areas. They would cause a blister-like wound, which when heals, gives place to the new skin to form.
3. Deep peels use a solution that removes several layers of skin to address deep wrinkles, creases, uneven colour, and some precancerous skin growths. They work by causing a partial thickness wound. When it heals, it not only cause skin regeneration but also boosts collagen formation. You can only have one deep peel in your life.
What is the recovery time?
With light peels, the results are almost immediate. They take 20 minutes and require very less time for recovery. Medium and deep peels require a lot of recovery time, during which you might have to take antiviral medication and stay indoors. After a medium peel, skin will be red and swollen for days. The skin peels off in 7 to 14 days. After deep peels, the face is bandaged and this process may take up to several weeks to heal. During recovery, you soak your face several times a day. At all other times, the face is covered with ointment to prevent scabs and scars.
How to choose a peel?
Skin issue: Acne-prone oily skin.
Go for a salicylic acid peel. It will unclog pores and because of its drying nature, it is best suited for oily skin.
Skin issue: Fine lines or uneven skin tone.
Pomegranate, pumpkin, antioxidant, and glycolic peels hydrate skin and smooth wrinkles. These are mild and can be done repeatedly without irritation.
Skin issue: Pigmentation and acne scars.
Mandelic peels and arginine based peels are used mostly.
Skin issue: Wrinkles.
Deep peels are used, especially phenol peels combined with a retinol mask.
What to expect during a peel?
Most people experience a mild tingling sensation. However, a severe burning sensation, calls for attention. That might require the peel to be diluted.
What does a peel do?
The benefits of chemical peels are numerous. It improves the following conditions:
What are the side effects?
Chemical peeling side effects vary depending on skin type. Also there are chances of drastically going wrong. Hence it is always recommended to consult a physician first. Some of the side effects include:
• Persistent redness of the skin
• Darker skin
• Skin lighter than desired
• Burning sensation
Should you go for peels?
Skin peels if done the right way, can work wonders. But there are chances of getting the side effects or unwanted results. So it is best to consult a professional before you embark on this journey.
Individuals with darkly pigmented skin should be very cautious about going for chemical peels. This is because there is a significant chance that the pigmentation of the newly healed skin will be substantially different from their current skin colour. Also eczema patients should steer clear of chemical peels.
Prices of chemical peels:
The final cost of your procedure will depend on the type of peel you want, the condition of your skin, and other factors unique to your case. Light chemical peels can cost as low as INR 800, while deep chemical peels are generally the most expensive, amounting to as high as INR 3,00,000.
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