The Problems Of Chemical Face Peels

July 26, 2010

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A chemical peel is a method in which a mixture of chemicals are used to utilize gel-like consistency. This kind of skin treatment technique is for diminishing dead skin cells from the skin so that there will no longer be fine lines and blemishes, lightening of the dark spots of the skin, improving melasma, removal of circles around the eyes, diminishing of puffiness, as well as tightening and smoothening of the skin.

Utilization of different chemicals can be made possible when it comes to chemical peel treatment. Some fruits, vinegar, and sugar cane are just some of the derivatives of these chemicals. It is suggested by skin experts to undergo three chemical treatments in one month intervals to maximize its potency.

Considering the skin type, color of the skin, and condition that requires treatment, the three main type of chemical peels are distinguished accordingly. The three main types of chemical peels are superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels.

Superficial chemical face peels are the mildest among all types of chemical peels. Glycolic acid and dilute acid are also made use of besides ice solid carbon dioxide.

The second kind of chemical face peel is called medium chemical face peels which penetrate deeper than superficial chemical face peels. Burns of the second degree are usually evident on the skin after this treatment. Trichloroacetic acid is the main agent of this, but other agents may also be utilized before using the main agent.

The third type is referred to as deep chemical face peels that penetrate through several layers of the skin while triggering second degree burn just like with the medium chemical face peels. These are the most useful type used for bleaching darker skin and mostly used on the face.

Despite of the good effects that this kind of treatment brings about, there are also certain problems concerning chemical face peels. It has to be taken into consideration that the deep chemical face peels are reserved for the worst cases of skin conditions or skin diseases.

Just like with any treatment, there are also specific problems that may be encountered when chemical face peels are undergone. First of all, there is excessive peeling of the skin especially with medium chemical face peels and deep chemical face peels, which if picked at can cause scarring. Redness of the skin can also be evident due to the peeling. There is a stinging sensation during the initial application but this is bearable. Because of the crusting of the skin, there can also be temporary numbness that can be felt.

Another problem about chemical face peels is that the patient must stay out of the sun for the skin will be more sensitive to the sun. Lastly, the price may also be a problem for those who cannot afford the cost for chemical face peel treatment needed for their skin condition.

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