Your Guide To Choosing The Right Chemical Peel

Do you want to have younger looking skin? Do you want to have a fairer complexion?

Do you want to achieve a smoother complexion?  Now you can have all these through chemical peel.

A chemical peel is a treatment technique wherein a chemical solution is used to peel off dead skin, eventually resulting in regenerated skin with improved texture and radiance.

It is recommended for those who want to remove or minimize fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage, as well as those who have uneven skin pigmentation.

You may also resort to using a chemical peel to remove cancerous skin growths, as well as reduce scarring and acne.

Because of varying skin needs, there are also varying formulations for each type of chemical peel. They also range from mild to strong, depending on what the chemical peel is used for.

Here are some of the most important things you should know about the different kinds of chemical peels:

1. Alphahydroxy acid peels usually contain lactic, glycolic, or fruit acids. This is the mildest form of a chemical peel and is used to treat fine wrinkles, dry skin, acne, and uneven pigmentation.

The procedure, just like other forms of chemical peel, will take place over the course of a few weeks. Depending on the severity of the client’s skin, various concentrations of the formula will be applied until the desired result has been achieved.

2. Trichloracetic Acid (TCA) peels are commonly used in varying concentrations to produce peels that are medium-depth.

TCA treatments are used for fine wrinkles, blemish problems, and pigmentation problems. However, results of TCA treatments don’t last very long and two or more treatments may need to be performed. It is also recommended for patients who have darker skin color.

Patients of the TCA chemical peel should avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment because the new skin produced will have a high level of sensitivity.

Extreme care must be taken to protect the skin from the sun also for future damage. The treatment may also result in some pigmentation changes.

3.  Phenol peels are the strongest type of chemical peel and are performed for patients who have deep and more serious wrinkles, damaged and blotchy skin from sun exposure, and also to remove cancerous growths.

These types of peels are very deep and are often prescribed for patients who have much more serious skin damage than average. The strength of this type of chemical formulation may often have the side effect of lightening the treated skin area, so this should be carefully considered by anyone who may want to do it. The phenol chemical peel can only be used for the face and not elsewhere on the body.

Those who undergo the phenol peels should also protect their skin from the sun at all instances as the new skin formed will be lighter in color and unable to produce new pigment.

Furthermore this type of chemical peel is not advisable to patients who have had history with heart disease, so make sure that you always inform your surgeon or doctor of your full and honest medical history before any procedure.

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