Chemical Skin Peels

Has your skin been damaged by too much sun exposure? Had acne or pigmentation problems? You may want to consider chemical skin peels. As a result of chemical skin peels, you’ll have skin that will be even-toned, clearer and healthier.

What is Chemical Skin Peels?

Chemical Skin Peels involves brushing liquids onto the face in order to remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new cells. Chemical skin peels can reduce facial wrinkles, remove age spots, even out uneven skin and leave your skin looking healthier and refreshed.

There are numerous types of chemical skin peels available – the right one for you will depend on your skin problems and end goals.

Looking to lift loose or sagging skin, remove deep scars or correct enlarged pores and broken blood vessels? Unfortunately, chemical skin peels will not be the right procedure for this. Instead, Centre for Surgery offers skin resurfacing, scar revision, and facelifts.

Types of Chemical Skin Peels

Alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA)
  • AHA’s are found in plants and foods such as citrus fruits, apples, grapes, sugar cane and sour milk
  • This chemical is used on the skin to remove the superficial dead cells from the skin’s surface
  • This treatment is considered fairly light and you may require several treatments before you see an improvement
  • Using natural fruit acids encourages cell turnover so that the skin can naturally exfoliate to encourage new skin to come to the surface
Tricloracetic acid (TCA)
  • TCA is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling
  • Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems can all be treated with TCA
  • The result of a TCA peel is more dramatic than the AHA peel, but you will still need several treatments to get the full benefits

Those whose skin has been damaged from too much sun exposure, who have particular types of acne, fine wrinkling around the eyes and mouth and those with pigmentation problems will benefit from chemical skin peels.

Chemical skin peels is not the right procedure for those looking to correct saggy or loose skin, remove scars, correct enlarged pores or broken blood vessels.

After cleansing the skin to remove any surface oils, the skin peel will be carefully applied all over your face, or just the affected areas. Within minutes, you will experience a warm sensation – rather like mild sunburn on your skin. This lasts for a few minutes after which this will be cleaned and neutralised.

Following your chemical skin peel treatment you will be given advice by your practitioner to optimise the benefits of the procedure and reduce the risk of complications and at this point, you will be able to go home. By the second or third day, your skin will start to feel tight and start shedding. Within five to seven days you will see smoother, pinker skin begin to emerge.

As with all procedures, you may experience some side effects. Some patients experience swelling, particularly around the eyes. However, this will only occur in the first few days and will subside quickly. Other patients may experience hyperpigmentation. You can protect your skin by applying high factor sunscreen on a daily basis.

chemical peels

The amount of improvement you will see will depend on the initial condition of your skin. It is estimated that the maximum improvement achievable from this treatment is 50-85 percent and although it is not possible to achieve 100 percent improvement, most people consider their results quite dramatic. The mild peel generally needs to be repeated at monthly intervals to maintain an optimum result. Combining two treatments can improve results by 70 percent.

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CHEMICAL SKIN PEEL FAQS

Am I a suitable candidate for chemical skin peels?

Those whose skin has been damaged from too much sun exposure, who have particular types of acne, fine wrinkling around the eyes and mouth and those with pigmentation problems will benefit from chemical skin peels.

Chemical skin peels is not the right procedure for those looking to correct saggy or loose skin, remove scars, correct enlarged pores or broken blood vessels.

Are chemical skin peels safe?

Having chemical skin peels is a safe procedure. Following the procedure, your practitioner will give you advice on how to avoid any complications. Rare side effects from chemical skin peels include swelling around the eyes, which should subside after two days. You may also experience hyperpigmentation, however, high factor sunscreen will be able to help you avoid this complication.

Are chemical skin peels permanent?

The results of chemical skin peels will vary depending on which procedure you had. However, both AHA and TCA peel will require multiple treatments before you will achieve the desired result.

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