Chemical peeling is a skin treatment technique that is vastly used to improve skin quality and smoothen skin texture. Usually, this is mostly used to treat facial skin. It is also known as derma peeling or chemexfoliation.
A chemical solution is used to remove the outer layers of skin. The peeling technique uses a chemical solution. It removes the layers of skin and reveals the more youthful and brighter skin underneath. The hidden skin has fewer wrinkles, fine lines and is smoother in texture. It is used to reduce or remove wrinkles, fine lines and the other signs of aging. You can use chemical peeling for pigmentation as well. If you have dark spots, acne, scars, blemishes, open pores, uneven skin tone and other skin imperfections, this is the skin treatment technique you need.
What skin conditions can be treated with a chemical peeling technique?
Chemical peeling treatments and chemical peeling for acne are usually performed on facial skin, neck and hands. You will see improved skin conditions after experiencing such treatments. They include:
- Wrinkles under your eyes and crow’s feet on the sides of your eyes, fine lines around your mouth and on your forehead caused by aging and sun damage or hereditary issues
- Acne and uneven scars of acne
- Age spots, sun spots, liver spots, uneven skin tone, freckles
- Actinic keratosis or precancerous spots
- Scaly patches, rough skin and dull complexion
- Melasma or dark patches caused during pregnancy or sometimes due to the side effect of taking birth control pills
Depending on your skin, you should consult your dermatologist to determine how deeply you need to apply the peel. First, you need to decide the objective of such skin treatment. Whether it’s about brightening or smoothing the skin, removing wrinkles and signs of aging or treating serious skin problems.
Be cautious about:
Bulges, sags, deep scars, severe wrinkles and deep facial lines usually don’t respond well to chemical peeling treatment. If you have such severe skin issues, other cosmetic surgeries are there for you. For example, laser resurfacing, brow lift, face lift, eye lift, botox treatment, soft tissue filler – so many treatments you can try.
Is a chemical peel good for you?
Chemical peeling treatments including chemical peeling for pigmentation have risk factors. In general, light peeling treatment can be used for any skin type.
However, if your darker skin tone is the main concern for a chemical peel, you may have a certain risk factor for the experience of having a darker skin tone after the treatment. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So, if your natural skin tone is darker, you should seek dermatological advice to reduce the hyperpigmentation risk factor with the other less aggressive skin treatments.
Here, are the reasons why chemical peeling treatment is not recommended for people who have:
- History of abnormal skin scarring
- Have additional colouring in the scars
- Have certain skin conditions
- Need to take regular medications for sensitive skin
- Cannot afford to stay out of the sun for a certain healing period
Post-treatment skin care:
You can achieve the best chemical peeling benefits only if you can follow some post-treatment skincare routine. After the treatment, your skin gets more sensitive to the sun rays. So, a good sunscreen with better SPF (more than SPF 30) is required to apply every time you go out. Buy sunscreen that has mentioned “broad-spectrum” on the label. It means such sunscreens are meant to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Exposure for hours to the sun is considered to be harmful to your skin. If it’s not possible to stay out of the sun for days, you should limit your exposure to the sun at least between 10 am-2 pm. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat will protect you well from the scorching heat of the sun.