Friday, 30 May 2014

What is Chemical Peeling and types of peeling

What is Chemical Peeling and types of peeling

Flawless, radiant and wrinkle free skin is everyone’s desire which has given rise to a lot of advanced skin care and treatment procedure and chemical peeling is one of them.

So, what exactly chemical peeling is?

As the name suggests chemical peeling is a technique that is used to smoothen out the skin’s texture by using chemicals over it which results in exfoliation of the upper dead skin layer or which gets peeled off. The new skin is smoother and with lesser blemishes.

Chemical peeling is done by professionals and isn’t a simple daily procedure like scrubbing that you can do at home. Therefore, there should be proper advice taken from a professional, dermatologist, plastic surgeons, and specialist before going for such procedures.

Types of chemical peels used

Chemical peels can be of various set of chemicals though the major 5 are listed below and you will be quite familiar with them as most of these are an important ingredient of your anti aging and wrinkle creams.

Glycolic acid

Tartaric acid

Malic acid

Salicylic acid

Lactic Acid

Apart from the peeling agents, the depth of peeling is very important. There can be light or superficial peel which only removes the skin’s top most dead skin layer.

Medium and deep peels- The deeper the peel the more pain and discomfort would be there and there can also be burning, stinging and serious tingling sensations and the more you have to take care of the newly exposed skin. Skin can turn red and it may take around one to 4 weeks to get fully recover. Ph levels of the skin determines how deep the peel will work. 

How the chemical peeling procedure works

No matter what the pH or strength of the peel is, it is very important to go for a professional. To start with the chemical solution is applied on the skin of the patient or the client. Then the chemical peel is allowed to be on the patient’s face for around ten minutes to even half an hour. This time also depends on the depth of the chemical peel the client/patient has asked for as per the consultation about the skin’s condition and the specified treatment.

When the chemical peel is taken off, the skin can become red or blistered due to that which again depends on the depth of the chemical peel.

Alpha Hydroxy acids are used the most for light or superficial chemical peelings. Peels takes away the dead skin or top most layer along with then revealing a healthy, glowing skin.


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