Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons—to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence.
Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Chemical peel may also soften acne facial scars and even control acne. It is normally a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced doctor. Application can take as little as 15 minutes and may cause some stinging and irritation. Over the next few days, the upper layers of skin will peel, revealing newer, younger and smoother looking skin. The result of the first peel may be disappointing, but after repeated peels, significant improvement is usually evident.
Chemical Agents used for peeling
AHA - Alpha Hydroxy Acids - i.e Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic acid
BHA - Beta Hydroxy Acids - i.e Salicylic Acid
PHA - Poly Hydroxy Acids - combination peel
TCA - Trichloroacetic Acid
Phenols - Carbolic Acid
Types of Peels
Very Superficial - Glycolic Acid
Superficial - Lactic Acid
Medium - PHA, Salicylic Acid, TCA
Deep - Phenols
Of these peels the alpha hydroxy acids are the most commonly used.