They are cosmetic procedures using a chemical solution to rejuvenate the skin, thereby improving and smoothing the texture and clarity of the skin. There are several types of chemical peels ranging in strength from mildly superficial to deeply resurfacing; alpha hydroxy acid peels (AHA), beta hydroxy acid peels (BHA), Jessners’s peels, retinoic acid peels, Trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA), and phenol peels.
The deeper the peel, the greater the results and skin rejuvenation . But we have to be cautious with darker skin, not all peels can suit all skin type.
Before your procedure, you’ll first have a consultation with the skin care specialist. During this visit, they’ll help you determine what the best treatment option is for you. They’ll let you know the details about the specific peel you’ll be getting, and they’ll ask about anything that could interfere with the peel. This may include whether you’ve taken acne medication, and information about whether or not you scar easily.
Before a chemical peel ,you must :
- not use any type of retinol or retin-A topical medication for at least 48 hours
- inform your skin care specialist about any medications you take
- not have been on Accutane for at least six months
Your doctor may also recommend that you :
- Take an antiviral medication if you have a history of fever blisters or cold sores to prevent a breakout around the mouth
- Use special lotions to improve treatment, like glycolic acid lotion
- Use a retinoid cream to prevent skin darkening
- Stop waxing, epilating, or using depilatory hair removal products the week before the peel. You should also avoid hair bleaching.
Stop using facial scrubs and exfoliants the week before the peel