Chemical peeling is a skin treatment that rejuvenates the skin by removing the top layers of the skin with the application of chemical acids. The treatment exfoliates the skin, accelerates the formation of smoother, clearer skin. It also cleans the pores and hinders future breakouts. Therefore this procedure is usually used to treat acne & scar on the face and on the back of the body.
When it is done consistently and repeatedly, it stimulates the formation of new collagen under the skin. Therefore it is also an anti-aging procedure.
There are 3 main types of Chemical peels, the Glycolic Acid Peel, the Salicylic Acid Peel and Trichloroacetic Acid Peel.
Glycolic acid is the most frequently used alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) for skin peeling. AHA affect only the superficial layer of your skin and are well tolerated. They remove minor impurities on the skin surface; lighten mild pigmentation and thus lead to a smoother and clearer skin.
However prolonged exposure even to low concentrations of glycolic acid can cause chemical burns on the skin. Hence this procedure must be performed under the supervision of a trained doctor.
A single glycolic acid peel treatment may be completed in 15 minutes and you can immediately return to normal activities. These peels require no downtime and are the true “lunch-time peels”. After the procedure, there is a slight redness of the skin that will disappear very quickly.
Salicylic acid is the only BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid) used in skin peeling. Salicylic acid can peel both the skin surface and the pores. After rinsing off the peel, the acid crystals remain in the pores to provide a prolonged cleansing effect. Thus salicylic acid peels are useful for general exfoliation in patients with photoaging and comedonal acnes.
3. Trichloroacetic acid Peels – Blue Peel
OBAGI Blue Peel is a highly controlled Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)-based skin peeling procedure that uses 15-30% TCA. It provides deeper skin restoration and treats specific skin disorders that require full exfoliation and complete skin cell renewal. The average downtime is 7-10 days.
For maximum improvement of wrinkles, surface scars, and dermal pigmentation, more than 1 session of Trichloroacetic Acid Peel may be needed. Wrinkles and scars that disappear with gentle stretching usually will respond better than non-stretchable ones.
Chemical peels cannot change the pore size or broken veins on the skin. Gentle peels cannot remove deep scars, deep wrinkles or sagging skin. Laser and other surgery may be needed for such problems.
During consultation, you can communicate your concerns and needs to Dr. Wong. He will recommend a most appropriate treatment plan for your skin condition and desired results. Chemical peels performed by trained doctors are usually safe and effective when it is done for the right indications.
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