What is Laser Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel, which is also known as derma peeling or chemoexfoliation, is perhaps one of the most minimally invasive method of improving the nature or appearance of facial skin. The method can be used to smoothen the texture of the skin, by causing controlled destruction of the top most layer of the skin resulting in a fresher and healthier looking skin.
It is important to note that the chemicals peels are not exclusively for the face, and can be used for other parts of the body too, especially the hands, neck and back. A chemical peel is an ideal solution to treat signs of skin damage due to ageing, over exposure to the sun, excessive usage of cosmetic products or even acne.
Types of Chemical Peels
Here are the main types of chemical peels:
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring carboxylic acids and can be found in foods such as tomato juice and sour milk. These are the mildest of peels and can be used to handle dryness, fine wrinkles, acne and even pigmentation. As a matter of fact, AHA can even be combined with your regular facial wash or cream in a milder concentration and used on a daily basis.
Beta hydroxy acid peels
Beta hydroxyl acid are now being preferred over AHA, because they are able to penetrate the pores in a more effective manner. Research has shown that BHA can control the excretion of sebum as well as acne. In addition, it will also remove dead skin cells in a more effective manner.
Retinoic acid peel
This is the type of chemical peel that your local salon might not offer, because this needs more professional expertise. A deeper peel, this method is used to remove deep wrinkles as well as scars. In most cases, the chemical will be left on the face for a long time.
Croton oil / Phenol peel
The origins of this peel go back to the 1920s and it was in the 1960s that it emerged as a popular skin treatment. The exfoliation will be more intense, and this will lead to more effective regeneration of the dermis.
Formerly known as the Coombe's formula, this type of chemical peel was pioneered by Dr Max Jessner, who was a German-American dermatologist and it was on his name that the method was renamed. He combined salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol in an ethanol base, because this was meant to break the intracellular bridges that occurred naturally between keratinocytes. The chemical solution does not enter the pores as deeply as certain other peels.
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