Most Common questions about Chemical Peel

What is meant by chemical peels?

Chemical peels use shedding or exfoliating chemical mixture which helps in removing the damaged parts of the skin. The chemical mixture is used as alpha hydroxyl acid, acetic acid or phenol.


How is the process done?

Doctors use one out of the three chemical mixtures to obtain results. Mild peels, which are also called superficial peels are considered to be the best for all skin types. Medium strength peels have trichloroacetic acid and they create deep exfoliation on the skin. Deep phenol peels are commonly not used on people who have dark skin. The chemical peel is applied to face in layers and is left on the skin for some time. After removing the peel, the skin is cleansed and cream having antibacterial properties is applied on the skin.


Do I need to prepare my skin for the process?

Yes, you can prepare your skin by washing your face, applying sunscreen and moisturizer, at least once a day. This will help to ensure that chemical peel is working evenly on all the areas of skin.


Are there any risks involved?

There are very few risk s involved in a chemical peel. Deep chemical peels are a little risky. The risks include slight infection, redness, swelling but all of these go away in a short time.


What will happen to my skin during a chemical peel?

Your skin might feel tight. You might also feel as if you have a sunburn. Try not to make any facial expressions for the next few days, otherwise, you might end up bleeding. Keep doing the skincare routine which has been given to you by your doctor.


Will the results be noticeable?

The results largely depend on the level of chemical peel which has been done. Mild peels are able to remove the external layer of skin.Medium peels lower down the fine lines and damage from the sun. Deep peels help in tightening and removing the wrinkles.


When should the chemical peels be avoided?

Chemical peels should be avoided in case of any of these conditions:

Canker sores or swelling in the skin which has to be treated

Sensitive skin or wounded skin

Use of Isotretinoin during the last some years

Getting chemotherapy or radiation therapy done

Patients having Vitiligo

Patients who have arthritis or lupus, or any condition which weakens the immunity of the person.