FAQs on Chemical Peels

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Chemical peel is one of the most widely used treatments and one of the safest options when it comes to enhancing the appearance of the skin. The basic principle is exfoliation of the outer layers of the skin which help in regeneration of a healthier skin. Here are a few commonly asked questions about chemical peels.

Q- When do we need a chemical peel treatment?

Ans- The most common indication for chemical peel is
a)Photodamaged skin
b)Rough texture
c)Hyperpigmentation
d)Enlarged pores
e)Acne vulgaris
f)Acne scars
g)Keratosis pilaris

Q- Are their different types of chemical peels and how are they classified?

Ans- Depending on their depth, they can be divided into very superficial, superficial, medium or deep peels. Generally , I prefer not so deep peels in my patients as the brown skin carries a high chance of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation with deeper peels except in certain conditions.

Q- What instructions should I follow before and after the procedure?
Pre procedure instructions

a)Avoid direct exposure to sun before two weeks.
b)Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater everyday for minimum a month before the due strength alpha hydroxyl acids or skin lightening agents.
c)The area to be treated should be free from open sores (herpes), open wounds or any infection.
d)Discontinue the use of products containing retinoids or other lightening agents atleast a week before the procedure.
e)If you have a history of herpes labialis, Please inform your dermatologist for antiviral prophylaxis.

Post procedure instructions

a)The treated area may feel sensitive , tight or little dry for 2 to 3 days
b)Apply the recommended moisturiser and sunscreen every three hours during the day time.
c)Avoid becoming overheated, excessively perspiring, using hot saunas, steambath to prevent complications.
d)Resume the topical ointments after one week of the procedure.
e)Mineral make up may be applied after the treatment is desired.
f)Avoid hot tubs, swimming or other water activities for 1 -2 weeks.
g)Avoid facial waxing , depilatories or bleaching for 2 weeks.

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