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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels or mechanical exfoliators are agents that resurface and exfoliates the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin which promote the growth of a new healthy skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.

What to expect during the Treatment?

The face is usually cleaned and then the chemical peel is applied, which typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging or burning which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 4-6 hours.

Pre & Post Peel Instructions

  • ✓ One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
  • ✓ 1-2 days before and after the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
  • ✓ Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser Treatments, cosmetic fillers or other procedures.

Recovery times after the peel based on the type and strength of the peel used. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling after 24 hours will be light and flaky and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel Treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.

What are the contraindications to chemical peels?

Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:

  • ✓ Active cold sores, infections, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
  • ✓ Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
  • ✓ oral retinoids History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • ✓ Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
  • ✓ Patients with Vitiligo
  • ✓ Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system.