Nowadays, one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments that people want to have is a chemical peel. The treatment is meant to give your skin a complete makeover and rejuvenated appearance.
How chemical skin peels work?
What do actually chemical skin peels do? The out surface of your skin is made up of multiple epidermal cells layers. These cells act as a barrier against the environmental factors providing protection to the more delicate skin tissues, helps in regulating internal temperature while preventing your skin from dehydration.
These cells stick together in two particular ways. There are microscopic fibres known as ‘tonofilaments’ that connect individual cells with each other. Another extracellular layer surrounds each cell which acts as a kind of glue to keep these cells together.
Over the time, your skin naturally sheds these cells through natural skin exfoliation. By making this process faster, an instant and more youthful radiance can be restored and mild signs of ageing can be addressed. Chemical peel treatment works by dissolving the glue between cells that binds them together.
Chemical skin peel treatment: Realistic goals
The chemical skin peeling treatment cannot be a solution to all skin problems, therefore, it is important to know what it aims to do.
- Chemical skin peels can help to improve sun damage.
- They can reduce a mild form of scarring.
- They can help in improving mild lines and wrinkles.
- They can improve skin discolouration and pigmentation.
- The excessive black and white heads can be removed with chemical face peels.
- They can help in treating acne.
- They help in reducing a size of the skin pores.
What types of chemical peels are there?
There are many different kinds of chemical skin peels that are available for skin rejuvenation purpose. The main ingredient in these peels is a particular chemical agent that is responsible for stimulating the process of skin peeling. That chemical also determines the depth of skin peel treatment. If a skin issue is superficial then a mild/ superficial skin peel is selected having the less caustic chemical. If skin conditions are deeply placed then a stronger chemical is selected to address the problem.
The chemical peel treatment that uses mild or superficial chemical agent offers a safer and quick treatment with less downtime and temporary side effects. These skin peels work at the level of an epidermis and probably the superficial layer of the dermis.
Deeper skin peels penetrate to the middle of the dermis (reticular dermis), giving a permanently light skin tone which instead of tanning may develop freckles. Therefore ensure that if you have a medium or deep chemical peel treatment, have it performed on all the exposed areas around your face such as a neck, scalp lines and décolletage otherwise it will leave a marked difference in your original skin tone and the one after you have a skin peel.
Active chemicals used in superficial to medium depth skin peels
The active agent in these skin peels includes the following;
- Glycolic acid (AHA)
- Lactic acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Jessner’s skin peel (it is a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol in ethnol)
- TCA ((Trichloracetic Acid)
The active agent in deep skin peels
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