Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels Treatment in Bangalore

Since times immemorial, there have been stories of Cleopatra using lactic acid or old wine used by French women to exfoliate their skin. The extension of this concept is Chemical peel. It is one of the most commonly done procedure to regenerate new skin.

Here are a few commonly asked questions about chemical peels-

Q) What is a chemical peel?

In this procedure, an agent is applied to the skin which causes exfoliation of the skin and gives a regenerated surface that looks younger and better.

Q) What are the various types of chemical peels?

The peels are of various types-

  • Uperficial peels that go up to stratum corneum e.g. Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid 30- 50%, and Jessner's solution
  • Superficial light peels- They reach up to basal layer e.g. GA 50 to 70%
  • Medium depth peels- They reach up to dermis e.g. TCA 35- 50%, GA 70%, 88% Phenol
  • Deep peels like Baker Gordon phenol peel
  • Lipohydroxy acid (LHA) A new group of agents which are used to exfoliate and remove dead skin giving skin a smooth, shiny surface.

 

Q) Are these agents 'chemicals' and harmful?

Most of these agents are naturally derived and purified to get the best ingredient. Generally, most of these peels, especially superficial and very superficial give gentle exfoliation and peeling. It is one of the biggest myths that these chemicals are harmful.

  • Priming of the skin is a must. Dr. Divya Sharma believes in a proper pre-peel regimen to avoid complications related to peeling.
  • The skin should not be tanned prior to treatment.
  • The patient should not have a keloidal tendency.
  • Any drugs causing increased photosensitivity, aspirin or blood thinners should be stopped one week before the procedure.

Q) Who is not a suitable candidate for the procedure?

Patients with a history of keloid, herpes labialis, SLE, photosensitivity, and suntanned skin should avoid doing chemical peels. Any pre-existing infection should be treated prior to a chemical peel procedure.

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