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Our skin is made up of millions of cells that protect us from the environment and regulate our body tempeture.Every day thousands of calls die, flake off and are replaced by new cells from beneath the skin.
Chemical peeling or chemical exfoliance is application of alpha hydroxy acids (Glycolic Acid) to the skin so as to cause controlled destruction of the epidermis and or dermis.
Chemical peeling is useful for, Melasma, Acne, Freckles,Blemishes, Aged or Wrinkled skin.
Initially the affected area is cleaned with isopropyl alcohol & acetone, the glycolic acid is applied with cotton buds,, the acid is left in contact with the skin for 3-5 minutes, a mild frosting develops this is the end point of treatment, the peel is terminated using normal saline. A sunscreen is applied and the patient can resume work.
No!! the treatment is painless, only mild burning sensation is experienced during the procedure.
On an average 4 to 6 sessions are required at monthly intervals to produce significant lightening of the pigmentation. Results vary from individual to individual.
Sun avoidance and the usage of broad spectrum sunscreens is mandatory,patients are advised to avoid the use of cosmetics.