Chemical Peels

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peel or chemo-exfoliation is a technique used to exfoliate the top layers of skin to improve pigmentation, scarring, or to result in rejuvenation. Usually derived from fruit acids such as mandelic or glycolic acid or inorganic acids such as TCA, when peels are applied on the skin, they result in disruption of the layers of skin. Depending upon the nature and concentration of the acid, the peeling can be superficial, medium or deep. 

Chemical peels are used for: 

  • Skin rejuvenation 
  • Acne 
  • Acne scarring  
  • Pigmentation 

The nature of the skin condition and skin colour determine the suitability of skin peels. Not all chemical peels are suitable for all skin types. Superficial and medium depth peels such as mandelic, glycolic , salicylic and TCA are the most commonly used chemical peels. However, for pigmentation problems such as melasma, azelaic, mandelic, weak TCA, phenol, arginine and Retinol peels are also effective. 

Sun avoidance is very important before and after ANY chemical peel.