As we age our skin becomes less soft and smooth. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, acne, and melasma (dark patches caused by pregnancy), take a toll on skin. There are many remedies for renewing facial skin with non- surgical cosmetic methods, one of which is professional skin peels. Acids of differing monotonicity cause the outer skin to be lifted away.
A chemical peel leaves skin brighter and fresher when it heals. The chemical solution causes the skin to blister. When the blistered skin is ultimately stripped off, the new skin is creamy and less flawed. The fine lines around the mouth and eyes are diminished, the wrinkles from smoking and sun damage are reduced, and acne scars are improved. Skin feels softer and younger.
A broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended for everyday use once the skin has healed to avoid causing damage again.
A professional skin peel at a salon, using mild acids such as glycolic acid or AHA (alpha hydroxy acid, will remove some wrinkles and smooth skin. A TCA (trychloroacetic acid peel) penetrates deeper that AHA, and is best done at a dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office. Phenol is the deepest peel and offers impressive results on extremely damaged skin.
If you are a person of color, it is suggested you see a dermatologist instead of a spa. Dark skin is more prone to damage than light skin when using acids.
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons offer peels in light, medium and deep concentrations. It is advisable to see one of these professionals is you want a deep peel to create a serious change in your skin. Either of these doctors are the most capable experts to tell you which kind of peel will benefit your skin best. Your skin tone, the amount of damage and the detriment your skin has experienced will determine which skin peel will work for you.
If the doctor chooses a deep concentrated peel, it takes about an hour for the chemical (Phenol) to work on your skin. This requires a heart rate monitor during the peel. Also, the doctor may offer pain relievers or general anesthesia for a full peel, or less for a small area of skin peel.
After the peel is removed, petroleum jelly or antiseptic cream and bandages are placed on the skin. The patient will return to the doctor’s office every day to have the skin checked and procure clean bandages. It will take one to fourteen days to complete removal of skin from the peel. A deep peel can only be done once, and not at all on dark skin because of the bleaching effect.
Light peels are simple procedures done as an outpatient. The discomfort is minimal and redness can be covered with make-up the next day.
A medium peel may require a few days to recover and up to seven days for your skin to heal enough to use make-up. The skin will get crusty, then flaky and finally fall off. You may have slight swelling, but no pain.
When you have all the facts in hand and you are assured a chemical skin peel is right for you, follow all the instructions carefully, before and after the procedure. This guarantees success of the plan.