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SKIN PEELS

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Skin Peels

Skin Peels

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

USES FOR CHEMICAL PEELS

  1. Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  2. Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
  3. Improve the appearance of mild scars
  4. Acne
  5. Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) Improve the look and feel of skin

There are three basic types of chemical peels:

1) Superficial Peels:

  1. Skin cells removed from the top layer of skin (epidermis)
  2. Left on the skin for a few minutes
  3. Skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards
  4. Regular treatment needed to maintain the effects

2) Medium Peels:

  1. Skin cells removed from the top and middle layers of skin
  2. Left on the skin for a few minutes
  3. A burning or stinging sensation may be felt when the peel is applied
  4. Skin may go brown or red in the days afterwards
  5. It can take up to six weeks for the skin to return to normal
  6. Treatment is needed every 6 to 12 months to maintain the effects

3) Deep Peels:

  1. Affect deeper layers of skin
  2. A local anaesthetic and sedative may be needed
  3. A freezing sensation may be felt when the peel is applied
  4. Can be left on the face for 30 minutes or more, depending on the desired effect
  5. Expect some peeling, redness and discomfort for a few days
  6. Swelling can last up to two weeks
  7. Skin redness can last up to three months
  8. Often results in lightening of the skin, so it's not really suitable for darker skin
  9. It's a one-off treatment with lasting effects, so doesn't usually need to be repeated

After a peel skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say "broad-spectrum" on the label, meaning it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physical sunscreen and be above SPF 50. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

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