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From Light Touch to Deep Transformation: Choose the Right Chemical Peel for You

    From Light Touch to Deep Transformation: Choose the Right Chemical Peel for You

    Chemical Peels

    Chemical peels have become a popular choice for many people because of its skin rejuvenation ability. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing the skin layer to exfoliate and reveal the fresher, smoother skin beneath. 

    While the results can be impressive, there are naturally some concerns about safety, especially for those new to the treatment.

    At PHI Clinic, we believe in informed skin care choices. In this blog, learn about chemical peels in depth.

    Different Types of Chemical Peels: 
    Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment. It has three main types, each varying in strength and depth:

    • Superficial Peels: They are also known as light peels; these gentle peels target only the outermost layer of the skin. Superficial peels are generally addressed for mild concerns like uneven skin tone, dryness, and bumpy texture. You might have to repeat the light peel every two to five weeks.


    • Medium Peels: These peels comparatively use stronger acids than light peels. Medium peels tackle concerns like sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. The procedure might be repeated to achieve the desired result.


    • Deep Peels: These peels reach the deeper layer of skin. They are used to treat severe skin conditions such as deep wrinkles, significant sun damage, and precancerous lesions. You won’t need to repeat the procedure to get the full effect. 

    Each type of peel offers different benefits. These peels help reveal healthy skin.

    Factors to consider before a Chemical Peel:
    Chemical peels, especially medium and deep peels, are not the right fit for everyone. You need to consider various factors before getting them done. 

    • Medical History: Certain medical conditions and medications can interact with the peeling solution or increase the risk of complications. Be transparent with your dermatologist about your complete medical history.


    • Sun Exposure: Excessive sun exposure before and after a chemical peel can significantly increase the risk of pigmentation issues. Consistent sun protection with SPF 30 or higher is vital throughout the process.


    • Skin Type and Tone: Individuals with darker skin tones are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation , a darkening of the skin after treatment. A consultation with a dermatologist experienced in treating darker skin tones is crucial.

    Before undergoing a chemical peel treatment, a thorough consultation with a certified dermatologist or a skin care professional is crucial. 

    Phases of Procedure:

    Before the procedure
    Before the procedure starts, the doctor will clean your face, cover your hair, and cover your eyes with ointment, gauze, tape, or goggles.

    Usually, for light peels, pain relief isn’t needed. If you are going for medium peels, you might receive a sedative and painkiller. For a deep peel, you would be given a sedative to numb the treatment area, and the fluids would be delivered through a vein. 

    During the procedure
    On the day of the procedure, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed to remove any oils, makeup, or impurities that could affect the peel’s penetration. The chemical solution will be carefully applied to your skin using a brush, cotton ball, or gauze. The application might be done in layers, depending on the depth and strength of the peel. As the solution works, your skin might feel a tingling, mild burning, or stinging sensation. 

    The skincare professional would monitor your skin throughout the process to prevent any adverse effects and make sure that the skin responds appropriately.

    Post Procedure
    Right after peeling, your skin will be treated to soothe it. It might include a cold compress to avoid any discomfort or inflammation. Moisturisers and other applicants will be applied to support the healing process.  

    Aftercare Steps to Remember:
    Aftercare is essential for a quick and healthy recovery. 

    Here are a few of them:

    Sun protection is important:
    Sun exposure does not support the healing of the skin. Try avoiding the sun as much as possible. Post-peel skin becomes sensitive, so always use broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

    Let the Peeling Happen Naturally:
    Resist the urge to pick at or pull at the flakes. As it can lead to scarring, infection, and delayed healing. Let the dead skin fall off naturally.

    Avoid Makeup:
    During the initial healing stage, it is recommended to minimise the use of makeup, as it can trap bacteria and irritate your skin. Once your dermatologist approves, use mineral makeup that is gentle and won’t clog pores.

    Be Patient:
    Give your healing process some time. It can take several days to a few weeks for your skin to fully recover. Be patient and consistent with your aftercare routine for the best results.

    Follow-up is a must.
    Schedule follow-up appointments to ensure your skin is healing properly and to see if any changes are required to your ongoing aftercare routine. Discussing your concerns with a doctor is best for a speedy recovery.

    At PHI Clinic, you will also find treatments for Skin, Hair, Body and Anti-ageing. We encourage you to consult our expert doctors before undergoing any cosmetic treatment. Book your appointment today!