A chemical peel is a controlled procedure using chemical agents to remove the damaged skin’s outer layers. It is effective on skin with irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and enlarged pores. The chemical peel can also remove some precancerous growths as well as help the treatment of some forms of acne and post acne conditions. The chemical peel solutions are based on different acids.
During a light chemical peel treatment, the skin is exfoliated using alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid, fruit acid). The acids are at a concentration of up to 30% and are allowed to be used by cosmeticians. Due to their mild effect the recovery time is very short and there is not visible skin flaking. The light chemical peel procedures need to be repeated several times so that a lighter and smoother skin is achieved.
The trichloroacetic acid is used at various concentrations to achieve different depth of the effect (superficial peels to medium-depth peels). They can provide very good results on skin problems located in the superficial to medium depth of the skin:
– Pigmentation on face and body
– Fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
– Enlarged pores
– Acne scars
– Fine lines around the neck
– Pigmentation problems on the neck and décolletage
– Stretch marks
– Pigmentation caused by ingrown hairs
– Age spots
-Trichloracetic acid peels have the advantage of being suitable for both fair and darker-toned skin types. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. The skin redness continues for 1 to 2 days after the procedure and the complete recovery takes 5 to 7 days. The procedure is usually carried out 4 times and the interval between the sessions is 7 to 10 days (up to 30 days for deep peels). It is important to use a high-factor sunscreen for up to 30 days after the last procedure.