Short Guide to Chemical Peel – The Basics

Chemical peels are one of the most popular inexpensive, safe and most commonly performed treatments in dermatology practice. This is a technique used to improve and smoothen out skin texture.  It is a form of epidermal exfoliation using a chemical solution that leads to sloughing off of dead skin and ultimately regeneration of skin that is smoother and less wrinkled.

How does chemical peel work?

Peels create skin injury upto a specific depth thus stimulating new skin formation and improving skin surface texture and its appearance.  They have an exfoliative effect that stimulates epidermal growth and collagen and an even distribution of melanin pigment.

Types of Chemical Peels

Peels can be classified using various parameters but the most widely accepted is on the basis of the depth of action.

  1. Superficial Peels – penetrate only the epidermis layer of skin
  2. Medium depth Peels – act at the level of papillary dermis layer
  3. Deep Peels – their action reaches upto the reticular dermis layer.

Specific peel is used based on the type of skin disorder and the depth at which the peel acts. Peel depth also determines the post treatment effects.

Indications of Chemical Peels

  • Photoaging
  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Dilated pores
  • Scars
  • Melasma
  • Freckles/Lentigines/PIH/Facial melanoses
  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Superficial acne scars
  • Warts/Seborrheic Keratoses/Actinic Keratoses
  • Milia

Ideal candidate for chemical peel

Almost anybody can be treated with chemical peels.



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