Chemical peels have become quite the rage in cosmetic treatments. And why shouldn’t they? They are safe, gentle and proven really effective for a wide range of skin issues – from tired, aging and sun-damaged skin to pigmentation and uneven toned skin, acne and its resultant scars. Can we call this a wonder treatment? Yes, without a doubt!
What are chemical peels and how do they work?
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure to damage and regenerates skin in a controlled manner. It entails the topical application of a chemical-based solution on damaged skin, which results in exfoliation and breaking down of the top layers of the skin and stimulating collagen production and growth of healthy new skin cells. So, in other words, chemical peels actually cause a peeling off of damaged skin and give way to newer, smoother skin.
There are different types of chemical peels, depending upon the intensity and concentration of active ingredients, and they can broadly be categorized as light, medium and deep peels. Let us take a look at some of the most common skin conditions where they can be helpful:
Repairing sun-damaged skin
Higher exposure to the sun causes sunspots on our face, hands, and neck, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels will not only work on sunspots but will also help to bring in fresher, smoother skin instead.
Balancing dry and oily skin
Different types of chemical peels are used for different skin types. Those with very oily skin will be recommended peels that can free up clogged pores and reduce sebum production. For those with dry skin, chemical peels can help shed the flaky superficial layer and reveal soft and supple skin below. In fact, there are even chemical peels that are specially formulated for combination skin.
Clearing congested skin
If your skin is prone to blackheads, whiteheads or other breakouts, it is a clear sign of clogged pores. Chemical peels are great at removing blockages and clearing blocked pores. They also help increase cell turnover that reduces the chances of breakouts in the future.
Treating acne and acne scars
If you suffer from persistent acne that just doesn’t heal, you might want to try out chemical peels. These help to destroy infected and dead skin cells and clear pores that cause frequent acne. This also helps to lighten old acne scars, giving you a fresh new look that is closer to who you really are!
There are many over the counter chemical peels available, but it is best to consult with a certified cosmetic clinic before you try these out, as there are also minor risks involved if you don’t choose the correct peel for your skin type.