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Chemical Peel: A beauty booster to keep your skin safe and gorgeous

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By Dr. Pratiksha Jain, Associate Consultant Cosmetologist, SPARSH Hospital, Infantry Road

A therapy to revitalize your skin

Are you tired of lackluster skin? Dive into the revitalizing realm of chemical peels. This dermatologist-approved skincare therapy is a passport to radiate your complexion and experience a professional facial treatment crafted to elevate your skin’s radiance and appeal by delicately removing its outer layer. Drawing on the potency of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) sourced from fruits, plants, or organic origins, chemical peels stimulate exfoliation, accelerate cell turnover, and nurture the emergence of renewed skin cells. These peels are tailored to address a spectrum of skin concerns, and are the catalyst for unlocking your skin’s inherent brilliance. However, consulting a trusted dermatologist to ensure the optimal therapy

Begin your therapy with lower concentration acids.

It is wise to begin your chemical peels with basic options with AHAs/BHAs like glycolic acid lactic acid, salicylic acid, known for addressing issues like pigmentation and fine lines. These provide advanced peel combinations with pharmaceutical-grade acids for more targeted solutions, particularly effective for deep wrinkles and acne scars. These combinations are meant for Indian skins. However, consulting your dermatologist is essential to decide the right range of chemical peel to ensure more effective and measurable results.

Regular follow-ups

Regular follow-ups and a consistent skincare routine are crucial for maintaining the benefits of chemical peel treatments. Typically, 3 to 6 sessions at regular intervals align with the skin’s natural rejuvenation cycle. Superficial peels address milder concerns, while deeper peels tackle issues like deep wrinkles or acne scars. Adding barrier repair treatments like medi facials between sessions enhances skin health. The number and frequency of sessions should be determined in consultation with specialists to create a personalized plan for optimal and sustained outcomes.

Is it affordable?

Chemical peel costs vary based on the type of peel and the treated area. Prices can range, starting as low as 1,500 INR to 10,000 INR. However, it is highly advisable to consult with an expert Dermatologist to find out the right peel suitable for your skin type.

Safety and precautions of getting chemical peel

Safety is paramount when considering a chemical peel, and when performed by dermatologists, it proves to be safe and effective. Mild and temporary side effects are common, such as temporary redness, scabbing, and swelling, typically resolving within days to a few months, depending on the peel’s depth. While there may be a rare risk of allergies and temporary pigmentation changes for those with darker skin tones, these issues are generally reversible. If they occur, complications like infection or scarring can be effectively managed with prompt medical attention. Taking precautions to optimize the results and minimize potential complications is essential. Preparation involves discontinuing active ingredients like retinol for at least three days, avoiding physical exfoliation seven days before the procedure, and refraining from heavy makeup on the day of the peel. Scheduling the treatment when the skin is free from active infections or inflammation ensures optimal results.

Post-procedure advice

Follow post-peel advice for optimal results and skin healing. Avoid soaps, makeup, and skincare with active ingredients for 48 hours post-peel. Use broad-spectrum SPF, refrain from sun exposure, and avoid activities causing excessive sweating. Resist picking at peeling skin, and adhere to prescribed skincare, including regular moisturization and sun protection every 2-3 hours. Consistent adherence to these guidelines enhances chemical peel benefits and fosters a positive recovery.

Is this procedure safe during pregnancy?

Certain chemical peels, such as those containing lactic acid and glycolic acid, and milder options are generally considered safe during pregnancy and lactation, offering a way to address common skin concerns. However, it is advisable to avoid peels with salicylic acid, retinol, and phenol during pregnancy. It is crucial to consult with a treating physician before undergoing any chemical peel treatments during pregnancy, ensuring a personalized and safe approach that considers individual factors and promotes skin health and overall well-being.

Chemical peel is a powerful tool for enhancing your skin’s radiance, nevertheless, embracing a responsible approach by consulting with a dermatologist ensures a tailored and effective therapy, guaranteeing measurable results

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