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UNDERSTANDING CHEMICAL PEELS WHY AND WHEN SHOULD YOU GET THEM DONE

They are literally the safest and best option to go for- be it the routine skin care or even specific concerns that need to be addressed.

Consult a skin specialist

But what are chemical peels?

Well, chemical peels are diluted chemical solutions which are applied on the designated areas to improve the overall characteristic of the face, neck or hands mainly. That does not mean that chemical peels cannot be applied on other body parts; it is just that face, neck and hands are the areas which are mostly treated using the peels.

These peels help in exfoliating the skin as well as result in the removal of dead skin, providing space for the new and fresh skin to grow.

The new skin that thus gets generated is smoother, healthier, has a more even tone and is less wrinkled with a higher collagen density and hence a higher ability to rejuvenate.

Peel Types and Benefits

The most commonly used peels include Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels and Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peels.

Chemical peels are categorised as Superficial, Medium and Deep Peels depending upon the kind of concern they can help with and also the concentration of the chemical being used.

Superficial peels being the least concentrated, are made of AHA or other mild acids and usually address concerns such as skin texture improvement or dark circle reduction as they act only on the skin surface.

Medium peels are made from TCA and can penetrate the skin up to its mid layers and are instrumental in reducing pigmentation spots and fine lines.

Lastly, Deep Peels which involve usage of higher concentration of TCA can penetrate into the deepest skin layers and are very effective when it comes to treating freckles, wrinkles and scars

What all can a Chemical Peel Treat?

A chemical peel can treat the following concerns quite effectively:

Fine lines and wrinkles Skin pigmentation or discoloration Skin tone consistency Rough and dull skin removal and skin rejuvenation Acne Scars and marks Regular skin maintenance Who should NOT take a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels are safe but there are certain restrictions on who cannot or should not go for a peel treatment. The people who would not make an ideal candidate for a chemical peel are:

Pregnant or nursing mothers People on Accutane treatment in the near past People suffering from psoriasis, eczema or other such skin diseases or having skin burns or cuts People using Retin-A, Renova or have been advised against undertaking any skin lightening or acid-based treatments.