Chemical Peels


Chemical peel treatment process showing a person receiving the treatment.

Chemical peels

  • Modern skin treatments have gained importance and popularity in the recent past. Trendy looks have taken people to scale higher heights due to increased confidence thus productivity. Chemical peel skin treatment has crossed from being a celebrity procedure of enhancing beauty but for all who want to maintain a youthful, radiant and smooth skin.

How a chemical peel procedure is carried out

  • Preparations
  • The doctor will advise you to Wear sunscreen and precondition your skin with preconditioning medication. You will also be advised on discontinuing of certain medications which can affect the procedure.
  • Chemical peel
  • A chemical peel procedure can be done by a doctor or dermatologist in a clinic, beauty spa or outpatient clinic. The skin is cleansed thoroughly to remove dirt and excess oils. The eyes and hair are covered well and a chemical solution is administered on the desired area. The skin blisters and peels off leaving slight wound. The skin heals or regenerates into a new fresh skin.
  • How long does a chemical peel last?
  • There are three types of chemical peels depending on the depth of the treatment. Superficial, medium and deep peels procedure takes at least 40 minutes depending on the expertise of the doctor and the type of chemical peel. 
  • Healing of the wound takes 7-10 days depending on the individual. The skin may possibly take up to one year to completely heal the scabs and crusts which appear on the skin after the procedure. 

Benefits of a chemical peel

A chemical peel has several benefits attached which range from psychological, social and mental benefits. 
  1. Improved self esteem
  2. Healing of the physical body
  3. Smooth, radiant and youthful look
  4. New look and fresh beauty increasing self confidence
  5. Improved social relationships due to less attention on conditions like scars and wrinkles. 
Chemical peels have more benefits that limitations or negative effects. Possible complications vary from one individual to the next depending on medical history, prevailing medical conditions, genetic make-up and personal body reaction to different chemicals. 
These includes;-
  • Takes time to heal.
  • Temporary or permanent loss of skin pigmentation.
  • You have to wear sunscreen as the new skin is sensitive to the sun.
  • Uneven skin tone depending on the severity of the condition being treated.
  • The patient may possibly develop abnormal pigmentation or temporary skin color change.
  • Patients with herpes are at risk of cold sores reactivation though the doctor administers medication before the peel or after. 
Most of the possible risks can be countered by the doctor by drug prescriptions. 
Best candidate for a chemical peel
A chemical peel can be a cosmetic or medical procedure depending on individual needs. 
These needs includes:-
  • Acne scars treatment
  • Removal of fine lines on the face, neck and hands.
  • Reduce wrinkles resulting from ageing, damage from the sun and family genetic make-up
  • Mild scars treatment to improve appearance
  • Reduce dark patches, freckles and age spot resulting from birth control pills or pregnancy.
  • General desire for a new younger look
A chemical peel responds well on light-haired and light skinned people. Darker skins also respond well depending on the condition and needs of the patient.