Do you know that chemical peels are one of the oldest procedures in the world and were performed centuries ago in Egypt, Greece, and Rome for skin rejuvenation? They are still very recommended by dermatologists and aestheticians till today.
What Is A Chemical Peel?
Chemical peeling, also termed Chemexfoliation, represents accelerated exfoliation induced by caustic agents that induce controlled damage to the skin. This trauma results in thickening of the epidermis, deposition of collagen and reorganization of structural elements. In simple terms, a chemical solution is applied on the face that then strips off the top layers of skin; the result is a significant reduction in hyperpigmentation, acne and other skin blemishes, thus revealing radiant and youthful skin.
Prior to the chemical peel procedure, the skin is conditioned and prepared with the use of other topical products. Factors that must be considered when contemplating a chemical peel include the technique selection, the patient’s skin type (skin colour, thickness, oiliness, fragility, laxity), the extent of skin damage, goals of the procedure, as well as the intended depth to reach.
What are the types of chemical peels?
Depending on the depth of injury, chemical peels are graded into superficial, medium or deep. Light/Superficial peels stimulate epidermal growth; medium peels cause epidermal regeneration and upper dermal renewal while deep peels cause epidermal and dermal regeneration.
Widely used peels include salicylic acid peels, glycolic peels, lactic peels, trichloroacetic peels and combination peels depending on the patient’s skin care concern. The use of these peels are not restricted to the face and can be done on other parts of the body, most commonly hands, feet, knees, and elbows.
Who needs a chemical peel?
If you have any of the following skin care concerns, then a chemical peel might just be right for you:
• Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (e.g. sunburn)
• Periorbital hyperpigmentation (dark circles around the eyes)
• Superficial acne scars
• Post acne pigmentation
• Comedonal acne
• Acne vulgaris – Mild to moderately severe acne
• Photoaging (skin aging caused by sun exposure)
• Fine superficial wrinkling
• Dilated pores
• Superficial scars
• Melasma (pregnancy mask)
• Dark knuckles
What to expect after a chemical peel
The results are highly dependent on the skin care concern and the strength of the peel. Where the patient has a clear understanding of the strength of the peel to be done, they tend to be extremely pleased with the final outcome.
Immediately after the peel, the skin might be slightly taught, inflamed and dry, after some days (2-5 days) the patient should see the resultant peeling of the upper layer of the skin.
In many cases, maintenance treatments are needed in order to maintain the improvement; it is important that the issues that initially damaged the skin are not reoccurring.
At Laserderm clinics, we have a wide range of chemical peels customised to suit your skin care needs. These range from the image skin care designer peels, Zein Obagi 3 Step Peel, Vi-Peels to the Mesoesthetic Cosmelan Peel and lots more.
Our chemical peels are strictly performed by qualified doctors who ensure that your skin is properly conditioned before the main procedure.
Location: 240C, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria