Friday, December 2, 2016

Introduction to Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling is a cosmetic procedure used to correct superficial acne scars, pigmentary disorders, benign skin growths, fine lines and wrinkles. The process is through the application of a chemical formula to the skin, which leads to epidermal exfoliation followed by skin regeneration.
The result is an improvement in texture, elasticity, and overall appearance of the skin.

This is a common procedure that stands the test of time despite numerous advances in the industry.


Benefits of chemical peeling includes:

  • Brightening of dry and dull skin
  • Melasma lightening
  • Photoaging reduction
  • Blurred fine lines
  • Large pores minimized
  • Reduction of superficial acne scars
  • Removal of comedonal acne like blackheads and whiteheads
  • Acne vulgaris reduction
  • Lightening of freckles
  • Warts and Milia removal
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation reduction


Contraindications include:

  • Fungal, viral, and bacterial skin infections - any active infections should be under control and completely healed before starting the treatment.
  • Photosensitivity - patients were sensitive to light should apply broad-spectrum sunscreens with a minimum 30 SPF.
  • Open wounds or lesions
  • Inflamed or sunburnt skin
  • For deep peels, history of keloids and abnormal scarring
  • Use of isotretinoin in the last six months

Before undertaking the procedure, make sure you have properly assessed your skin for any contraindications. Priming your skin is also recommended to improve healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Those who run the risk of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation should apply hydroquinone.
You can also start priming your skin at home by using gentle healing agents.

Toners with ingredients like Tretinoin, Kojic Acid,  glycolic acid, and salicylic acids are a good place to start.

Chemical peels should be done periodically to achieve maximum results and prevent reoccurrence.

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