A Chemical peel (التقشير الكيميائي)is a cosmetic procedure used to treat the skin’s textural irregularities and improve the skin tone. The procedure involves applying a chemical solution on the area of treatment, mostly face, where it causes the top damaged layer of skin to gradually slough off eventually peel off, revealing smooth and clear skin underneath. The regenerated skin is not only smoother and younger-looking than the older one.
Chemical peels are of different strengths. Superficial peels work by accelerating the regeneration process of the epidermis (the top most layer of skin). Medium depth peels work a little differently than the superficial peels. It penetrates more deeply into the skin reaching the dermis, thereby removing the top few layers of the skin where most of the skin imperfections live, including freckles and blemishes as well as melasma marks. Third type of the chemical peels is deep peels, made from carbolic acid. As the name suggests, these peels penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and is used to treat severe sun damage and deep wrinkles and creases.
Peeling is without a doubt one of the most effective skin resurfacing procedures, you need to be very careful during the recovery period to avoid any harsh side effects. Here are some tips that will help you recover from a chemical peel easily and safely:
Avoid sun exposure as much as you can:
As the damaged top layer of skin peels off, the regenerated skin will be more sensitive to sunlight. Try not to go out during peak hours, however, if necessary, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 45 or above in the day time, even when it is cloudy outside. Even after you have applied sunscreen, avoid direct exposure to sunlight by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or taking an umbrella when going out during peak hours.
Do not pull, peel or scrap the skin:
As mentioned earlier, peeling will cause your skin to slough off and then eventually peel off. Peeling process generally begins after 24 to 36 hours. It may irritate you but never scratch, scrap or pull the scab. Let the peeling skin come off in the cleansing process.
Cleanse your skin at least thrice a day:
To avoid irritation caused by cracked, peeling skin, your doctor may recommend you to use a good quality moisturizer generously to keep the skin moist. The moisturizer and the dead skin combine to clog the pores, which could lead to various other skin imperfections such as acne or formation of black heads. To avoid any such side effect, cleanse your skin properly at least thrice a day.
Do not exfoliate your skin for at least 4 weeks:
Exfoliation is strictly prohibited after any cosmetic procedure that causes skin to peel off, including chemical peel (التقشير الكيميائي), green peel, Laser Photo rejuvenation and Fractional CO2 lasers. Exfoliation will remove the scab while new skin has not yet formed underneath. This could lead to serious complications, melasma activation being at the top.
Follow these instructions and get maximum results out of your chemical peel.