What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peel is a procedure used in improving the skin on the face, neck and hands. A chemical solution is gently applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and ultimately peel off. The new, regenerated skin is smoother with less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also for the time being more sensitive to the sun.
There are three main types of chemical peels:
- Superficial or Lunchtime Peel – Alpha-hydroxyl acid or another mild acid is used to break through the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The procedure is used in improving the appearance of mild skin discolorations and rough skin as well as to revive the face, neck, chest or hands.
- Medium Peel – The procedure involves applying Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to eliminate damaged skin cells. The treatment is helpful in reducing the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. The treatment is also used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
- Deep Peel – Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to intensely penetrate the middle layer of skin to get rid of damaged skin cells. The treatment eliminates visible lines, spots that appear with age, freckles and acne scars. Patients will see a clear improvement in skin appearance. The treatment is used on the face and can only be done once.
What are the advantages of chemical peels?
The process of chemical peel in Dubai is performed in the approved manner, on appropriate patients, thus the look of the treated skin will have a more youthful texture with a consistent coloration that will merge with the untreated skin.
What should first be considered before getting a chemical peel?
A thorough assessment by a dermatologic surgeon is crucial before actually getting the chemical peel treatment.
When is a chemical peel suitable?
Chemical peels are used to treat a various kinds of skin conditions including:
- Crow’s feet
- Acne scars
- Aging skin
- Sagging skin
- Sun damaged skin
Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?
Normally people with light colored-hair and fair skin are the most excellent candidates for chemical peel. The treatment is not as beneficial for dark skinned people as it for fair skinned people. The method is not recommended for those with infections, active skin infections, broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other counter-indications include patients who are:
- Nursing or pregnant.
- Have been taking Accutane for the past six months.
- Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
- Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, basically products that contain skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.