Chemical Peel Before & After:
There are two kinds of chemical peels. There is the one which uses acids or other chemicals to remove dead cells from your face and there is the one which uses light waves to cause changes in cell structure and therefore make them easier to break down.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
So what’s the difference between them?
The first kind of chemical peel is called a chemical peel because it involves using chemicals to remove dead cells from your face. These are usually used for acne treatment purposes. They do not work well if you have very dark skin since they tend to leave behind redness and irritation. You may experience some burning sensations during the procedure.
The second type of chemical peel is called a laser peel because it causes light to pass through your skin. Light rays are able to easily reach deep into the layers of your skin and cause changes in cell structure.
These types of peels are most effective when used on areas where there is little or no circulation such as around the eyes, lips, nose, and chin area. They also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This type of peel is ideal for all skin types and colors.
There are some general precautions that you need to take before and after your chemical peel:
If you are a smoker or have very poor health, you will be told not to undergo this treatment. Also, if you have a history of cold sores or herpes it’s best if you don’t have the procedure done.
You need to stop taking any aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medication at least two weeks before your treatment. You also shouldn’t use retinoid creams or go under the sun for at least a couple of days before and after your treatment. If you are on any kind of antibiotic you should stop taking those as well since they can thin the skin and interfere with the treatment.
Chemical peel side effects are rare but they can happen. Your skin will almost certainly turn red during the process and for several days afterward, this is normal.
You may also experience some blistering or burning, but this should subside within a few days as long as you’re following your doctor’s orders. Your skin will be extremely sensitive to the sun during this time so you need to steer clear of it. Also, your skin will appear thinner than it did prior to the treatment so avoid picking at it as this may cause bleeding.
As with most medical procedures there are some risks to chemical peels. These include infection, discoloration of your skin, and poor wound healing.
You should not go in the sun or expose your skin to UV light for at least a month after the procedure.
Sources & references used in this article:
Chemical peels by A Jackson – Facial Plastic Surgery, 2014 – thieme-connect.com
Superficial and medium-depth chemical peels by E Clark, L Scerri – Clinics in dermatology, 2008 – Elsevier
Complications of chemical peeling by SS Resnik, BI Resnik – Dermatologic clinics, 1995 – derm.theclinics.com