To reduce fine lines and wrinkles, chemical peels are an effective treatment. It is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure where the skin is treated with certain chemicals to peel off and reveal younger, smoother skin. Chemical peels work well for skin with dark patches (melasma), age spots, freckles, certain kinds of acne affected skin, sun damaged and ageing skin.
Chemical peels are not the answer for sagging skin, severe wrinkles or bulges. Post-care is just as important as the treatment to ensure effective results. Here’s more on the procedure from Trigenics Anti-Ageing and Body Wellness Clinic.
How Does Chemical Peel Work?
A chemical peel is an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight stay in the doctor’s clinic. Your skin is first cleaned thoroughly. Then a selected chemical agent or agents are applied to small areas of your skin to exfoliate sun-damaged, thickened surface skin, letting it peel. Chemical peels usually contain one of the following exfoliating ingredients:
● Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) such as glycolic acid
● Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) or salicylic acid
● Lactic acid or carbolic acid (phenol)
● Trichloroacetic acid
Once the procedure is completed, collagen production is boosted to promote a new layer of firmer, smoother, softer skin.
Peels are available in different strengths to suit different requirements, from deep peels, medium peels and light peels. Light peels offer mild difference in the appearance of the new skin. Medium and deep peels create a more dramatic transformation but the risk with the latter two is higher. Either way, you will see a difference in the texture of your skin. With the production of more collagen, your skin looks smoother with less visible fine lines and sun damaged spots and patches visible.
What a Chemical Peel Won’t Do
Make no mistake, a chemical peel doesn’t work like a facelift! It will not contract enlarged pores, erase deep wrinkles, remove scars or blood vessels from your skin. What it will do is fade spots and fine lines to make you look younger and more refreshed. You may need repeat treatments every six to eight weeks to boost collagen production and experience a more visible difference.
Risks of Chemical Peels
Light peels have the least risks since they are much milder. Medium and deep peels that bring more dramatic transformations also have more side effects. Watch out for inflammation, redness, swelling, flaking, scarring, more sensitivity, temporary or permanent discolouration. To combat these, dermatologists suggest multiple light or medium peels instead of a deep peel. Consult with our expert skin specialists at Trigenics to decide which chemical peel will work best for your skin tone and texture.
Chemical Peel After Care
Aftercare is important after a chemical peel treatment. Your skin remains tender and sensitive for several days, especially after a deep AHA peel. Stay away from the sun for a few days until your skin heals well. Look out for a label that says “broad-spectrum” on your sunscreen, preferably enhanced with titanium dioxide, every single day before you head out in the sun. Make sure your sunscreen is above SPF 30, protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays. Stay indoors as much as possible from mid-morning to late noon. Wear a wide-brimmed hat for extra protection when you step out.
Trigenics Anti-Ageing and Bodybuilding
To learn more about chemical peels and non-surgical anti-ageing, body contouring and spinal decompression services, contact us at Trigenics. We are a revolutionary, neurological treatment system that provides many healing procedures to restore health, strength, and vitality, inside out. For general inquiries or to schedule an appointment, give us a call.