Primetime show the sex and the city, aired an episode in which Samantha’s chemical acid peels go horribly wrong and instead of giving her a flawless youthful skin, leaves her with burnt, red one. Ah!
The tragedy of it would make anyone reel back in horror.
When it comes to beauty treatments, especially for facial skin, women have a tough time choosing the right routine for themselves. Yes, looking beautiful and stunning requires a lot of work. It’s not as easy as many would like to believe.
The advances in medical science have of course presented you with an incredible number of options.
Options for facial skin routines?
Gone are the days when a plain, regular facial at the neighborhood beauty parlor was considered an extravagance, reserved only for special occasion and one simple jar of cream served multiple purposes of night cream, sunscreen and moisturizer.
Today, the choices are infinite, not only the beauty industry has revolutionized the way you see yourself, it has also opened doors which now enable you to be active participants in achieving where you want to see ourselves. Chemical peel is one such advent of the beauty industry for you.
In simple terms, it is application of different chemicals on skin, which helps slough off the dead skin, which eventually peels off. The resultant new skin is firmer, more youthful, bright and radiant, and has visibly fewer wrinkles. It’s almost like a genie effect on skin, few moment of the peel on your skin, and lo and behold, your wish for a younger skin answered. Let us first understand how it works.
Peels essentially create a superficial wound on the skin, which is repaired by the body’s natural process. The depth at which the damage occurs is determined by the nature of the peel, the choice of which is made depending on the nature of the skin.
Usually combined with other techniques like dermabrasion and laser, this treatment works best for sun-damaged skin, for acne marks, to remove fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and pigmentation. A brief summary of different kinds of peels available will help you pick the right one for you.
Alpha hydroxy Acid Peels
- Mildest of all peels, used to treat fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone and acne with immediate results.
- Also known as glycolic acid peels. Others in the same category are lactic acid, citric acid, malic and tartaric acid.
- May cause stinging, redness and dryness.
Beta hydroxy Acid Peels
- Its ability to get deeper in the pores makes it a better option than alpha peels, when treating acne marks.
- Studies prove that it can effectively control sebum production and remove dead skin better than alpha hydroxyl peels.
- Salicylic acid is an example.
- A mixture of 14% salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol in an ethanol base.
- Much safer than most of the peels due to mild percentages of acid involved.
- Used for tough acne marks.
Retinoic Acid Peels
- Retinoic acid is a retinoid. This peel is performed in conjunction with Jessner’s peel, so that the skin opens up and the retinoic acid can penetrate the skin better.
- The peeling process begins on 3rd day. For more dramatic results, you will need multiple sessions.
Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
- TCA peels are deep peeling agents. The depth of the skin penetrated is decided by the strength of the concentration.
- They are used for dark skinned people, to smooth fine lies and blemishes and correct pigmentation.
- May need prior treatment with Retin A or AHA creams. Will require multiple sessions and takes several days to heal.
- Use of sunblock is a must.
- The strongest but also the most effective and long lasting of all peels.
- Corrects blotches and deep wrinkles, permanently removes facial freckles, will cause permanent skin lighting by reducing the production on melanin. However you will need permanent increased sun protection.
These skin treatments should only be undertaken after a thorough consultation with a dermatologist. Most of the peels will be done in clinics and will require some sort of anesthesia as well. Be wise and never pick up any home peel treatments, you might land yourself in a Samantha situation.