The Cosmetic and Health Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are dermatological procedures done to improve the skin’s appearance. A chemical solution is used, which when applied to the skin makes the old skin peel off. Fresh and healthy skin regenerates after the procedure. Chemical peels that are trendy today can be categorized into three types: light, medium and deep peels. Each classification of peel is used to treat different dermatological conditions based on the strength and properties of each peel. The cosmetic and health benefits of each chemical peel are described below:

Light Chemical Peels

Light chemical peels as the name suggests make use of the mild acids such as Salicylic acid and Alpha-hydroxy acid. It can be applied to your neck, hands and face, and is suitable for all skin types. The treatment and recovery duration of this method is short. The treatment takes about 15 minutes, and the slight discomfort that you experience post treatment will subdue in a few days. Not all types of light chemical peels need to be used under medical supervision. There are some peels that have very low acidic content and can be used as a daily skin care routine.

The benefits of light peels are:

  • Prevention and control of acne
  • Reduction of dry, irritated and uneven areas of skin
  • Minor improvement in skin texture
  • Slight reduction of fine wrinkles
  • Increase in collagen production
  • Brightness in skin tone

Medium Chemical Peels

A medium chemical peel makes use of Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). In comparison with light peels, the peels used for in this treatment procedure are stronger and have long-lasting results. It is important that the treatment is done by a trained physician. The duration of the treatment is 15 to 20 minutes, and the recovery period is between 4 and 10 days. Just like light peels, you can use medium peels several times till you achieve the desired results. However, only dark skin tones might require such a treatment.

The benefits of TCA treatment are as follows:

  • Surface lines and wrinkles reduce noticeably
  • Significant improvement in skin tone
  • Skin pigmentation lightened temporarily
  • Age spots removed effectively
  • Notable reduction of scar appearance

Deep Chemical Peels

Phenol is used for deep chemical peels, and it is the strongest chemical used for such treatments. These peels provide dramatic results that can almost last for life. Just like medium peel, Phenol needs to be administered by a physician. The treatment period is about 2 hours and sedation might be required in some cases. Recovery is a gradual process that might take up to a few months. This procedure can be done only once, and it is restricted to the facial area. Phenol has permanent influence on the skin’s power to generate pigment and this is the reason why only people with light or fair skin tones are advised to go for this skin treatment.

The benefits of a deep chemical peel treatment are:

  • Acne elimination
  • Reduction of coarse deep wrinkles
  • Elimination of precancerous growths and lesions
  • Major reduction in scar appearance
  • Significant age spot removal
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