What Do Chemical Peels Do?

If you have facial skin concerns but want a minimally invasive procedure with little or no downtime, consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels treat a wide variety of skin concerns including fine lines, sun damage, dull skin, uneven pigmentation, acne scars, and enlarged pores. It also enhances the penetration of topical skin products. Chemical peels are classified based on their depth of penetration in the skin. Most commonly, light and medium chemical peels are used with minimal to a few days recovery. Whichever peel you have, you will enjoy improved skin tone and texture, improved appearance of scarring, as well as lightened pigmentation and a more even skin tone. You can even have a chemical peel on skin concerns other than on the face, such as the neck, décolletage and back of the hands which make chemical peels an effective and also versatile treatment.

How do chemical peels work?

Chemical peels remove the outer layers of the skin to improve overall skin function and to enhance its appearance. This stimulates cell renewal and regenerates healthier skin. Peels are performed with regularity to promote healthy skin and enhance your appearance. Peels are normally categorised into three different strengths — light, medium and deep. Examples of light peels are lactic, glycolic or salicyclic acid peels. These are used to treat dry, dull skin, fine lines and acne and have minimal recovery time. Medium peels involve higher concentrations of acids such as TCA which have a longer downtime, and must be used with caution in those with darker skin.

What benefits do chemical peels treat?

Chemical peels can provide you with a number benefits which include:
  • exfoliation of dead skin
  • improved skin tone and texture
  • improvement in the appearance of acne scars
  • reduced visible sun damage
  • improvements in facial blemishes, blotchy skin and uneven skin pigmentation
  • smoothening of facial lines

Do chemical peels have risks?

Chemical peels, like all cosmetic procedures, carry some small risks. Risks associated with chemical peels include infection, scarring, swelling and skin pigmentation changes. However, most patients who have a chemical peel enjoy refreshed, rejuvenated skin with the improved appearance of blemishes, blotches and scarring as well as better skin tone and texture. Dr PK will also ensure that any risks are minimised by choosing the appropriate peel for your skin type and condition and closely monitoring the treatment whilst the peel is active.

Can I have a chemical peel?

If you have good health and reasonable expectations about the results a chemical peel can provide, you would make a suitable candidate for this treatment. Chemical peels tend to produce better results on individuals with fair to light skin, but individuals with darker skin can still benefit from chemical peel treatments. Dr PK will provide her recommendation on which type of peel will work best for your skin type and concerns during your consultation.

What happens during a chemical peel procedure?

Lighter peels usually do not require any preparation, however some more concentrated peels require “prepping” the skin with certain skin products to ensure great results. Once the appropriate peel is selected, the skin is cleansed. A peel preparation is then applied. This is then followed with the selected peel, and the skin is monitored for any reactions. Multiple layers may be applied depending on the reaction of the skin. Patients generally experience mild stinging or tingling sensations once the solution is applied, but care will be taken to ensure you do not experience pain. Some peels are inactivated, and others are washed off 8 hours later at home. A calming soothing balm with sunscreen is applied. Following the treatment, there may be slight redness and peeling for up to 5 days.

Trust Your New Look to Kaya Cosmedica

Chemical peels enjoy much-deserved popularity among skin care treatments for their ability to improve a wide variety of concerns safely and with minimal downtime. To explore chemical peel procedures in more detail — as well as other skin care treatments to rejuvenate and refresh your skin — schedule an in-person consultation with Dr Parvin Khinda of Kaya Cosmedica today. You can set up an appointment quickly and easily online. Dr Khinda looks forward to providing you with the high-quality skin treatments and personalised care you want to get the look you deserve.