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Chemical Peel: Procedure, Aftercare & Side Effects

What is Skin Peeling Treatment?

In skin peel treatment, the texture of the skin is smoothened out by using chemicals that remove the outer layer of the damaged skin. The most common chemical peel treatment is the glycolic peel, which is a natural ingredient of sugar cane and lactic acid found in milk. Apart from the face, cosmetic peels are also used to smoothen out damaged skin, on the neck as well as hands.

Chemical peel treatment is an effective procedure that successfully helps in visibly reducing acne scars, acne, freckles, rough and patchy skin. It also helps in reversing signs of aging like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Scarring from injuries, skin damage from prolonged exposure to sun and uneven pigmentation can further be address with chemical peeling procedure.

Chemical Peeling Procedure

Skin peel treatment is an outpatient procedure where no hospitalization is required.

AHA (Alpha hydroxyl acid) peels. There are usually five fruit acids like citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric acid. This treats fine wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and acne.

During the chemical peeling procedure, the area to be treated is cleansed thoroughly. After this the doctor will apply one or a combination of chemical solution like glycolic peel, lactic peel or another chemical solution to a small portion of the skin. This is done to observe if the skin is accepting the chemicals without any resistance or adverse reaction. If no reaction is observed, then the doctor will proceed to apply the chemical solution on the area to be treated.

Skin Peeling Treatment Aftercare

The duration of recovery will differ from one person to the next and on the type of chemical peel used. Redness, scaling, blistering, swelling and reaction similar to sunburn can be expected for about 3 to 14 days after the procedure.

To get best results, it is important to follow doctor’s advice on chemical peel treatment aftercare. You can also be advised to avoid exposure to sun for a few months as the new skin will be fragile and more prone to damage.

Chemical Peeling Side Effects

Skin peel treatment is relatively a safe procedure to perform but is not completely risk free. Chemical peeling side effects include unfavorable scarring that can be permanent, development of infection at the treated area, permanent or temporary change in skin coloration and abnormal pigmentation. In rare cases, cold sores can get reactivated if the patient has a medical history of herpes.

It is important to understand that any form of medical procedures do come with their own share of risks. To avoid such chemical peeling side effects it is important that you have a detailed discussion with the doctor about your medical history.

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