Some Chemicals are great for the Skin
Exfoliation is the key to healthy, bright skin. Chemical peels remove dead skin, revealing new, smoother, younger-looking skin beneath. Lots of things seem to get slower as we age. Our collagen production slows and our skin sags because of it. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight easier. Our movement slows from a healthy gait to an eventual shuffle. Our brains take longer to solve the daily Sudoku puzzle.
Even our skin cells don’t shed themselves with the same frequency as they did when we were young. This build-up makes the skin wrinkled, blotchy and can make it appear somewhat drab. A chemical peel can force some of those skin cells to shed again, rejuvenating the skin as it did in your younger days. Cleopatra was one of the first true aficionados of chemical peels. She would use sour milk and its lactic acid to encourage the surface of the skin to peel lightly. The goal of any peel is to shed some of the outer layers of the skin, which can build up with dead skin cells and oil, and become dull in appearance.
The goal is to remove the top layers of the skin, exposing unlined, new skin beneath. At SkinQure by Dr Jangid, we do all kinds of chemical peels. Our most popular chemical peels use naturally occurring acids, leaving more aggressive skin procedures to our laser therapies.
What Can Chemical Peels Do?
Chemical Peels are a one-stop solution for a variety of skincare issues and concerns. These are:
- Reduce and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin tone
- Decrease discolouration
- Reduce the appearance of dark areas from pregnancy or birth control pills
- Treat certain forms of acne
- Improve the appearance of minor scars
- Decrease the prominence of sunspots and other sun damage
But to actually get them to benefit you and not harm you, they must be done by a skincare expert or qualified dermatologist.
The Concept of Chemical Peels
The concept of a chemical peel can seem harsh. Just the word “chemical” sounds anything but soothing. The goal with a peel is to destroy certain parts of the skin. This encourages that skin to slough off and it encourages the production of new skin cells to take its place. With more than superficial peels, there is noticeable skin peeling that lasts from a day to two weeks. The duration depends on the penetration and type of the chemicals used in the peel.
These are mild peels usually done with acids derived from fruits, called glycolic acids. Superficial peels may have some light peeling over the next day or two, but nothing extreme.
These peels usually involve trichloroacetic acid. They penetrate more deeply into the skin, causing a second-degree burn on the skin. There will be peeling and crust with medium peels as the skin begins the process of rebuilding.
Phenol acid is used in deep peels, which are the deepest penetrating peel. They are only used on the face to avoid scarring elsewhere. These peels involve the most crusting of the skin and require the longest recovery time. Patients usually need to take at least one week off work, and diligently avoid sun exposure for months afterwards. Deep peels also deliver the most skin rejuvenation.
How Are Chemical Peels Done
The concept behind a chemical peel is to apply a chemical to the facial skin and then allow that chemical to penetrate the layers of the skin, causing peeling in a few days. At your appointment, your skin is first thoroughly cleaned and your eyes and hair are protected. We then apply the chemical solution to your treatment areas. The solution and its duration on your skin are dependent on the patient’s individual skin conditions. Generally, we use glycolic, salicylic acid, or lactic acid for light peels and trichloroacetic acid for medium peels.
Chemical Peels VS Laser Resurfacing
SkinQure by Dr Jangid offers both chemical peels and various forms of laser resurfacing. We firmly believe both areas can benefit our patients. We don’t perform many deep peels any longer, however. We feel they involve too much risk of scarring and pigmentation problems. Why not peel your way to better skin? Choose to peel off the dead layer of the skin and reveal a glowing you at the hands of the best skin specialist.
Read more on Skincare
About Dr B L Jangid:
Dr B L Jangid, MD Skin is one the top dermatologists of Delhi, with more than 10 years of experience in new treatments, technology and research into skin and hair problems, skin surgeries, hair transplant surgeries, Lasers and anti-ageing. He practices at SkinQure in Saket, New Delhi.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are expert’s views. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aesha’s Musings. Any omissions, errors are the author’s and Aesha’s Musings does not assume any liability or responsibility for them.