Chemical peels: are helping?
 Peeling - a special treatment for the skin, resulting in the removed irregularities and even fine lines, and the person just is updated.

Your skin needs proper nutrition? We'll tell you about the latest updates in the field of facial peels.

Several years ago, the idea that someone gets to your face substance that actually burns the skin, seemed unnatural, but today is a chemical peel - one of the most common cosmetic procedures. There are three main types:

Peeling glycolic acid

This is the most soft and easy peeling from all available. Glycolic Acid - a mild chemical solution that removes dead cells from the upper layers of the skin. For this type of peel doctors use a high concentration of acids, while the milder solutions are used in beauty salons and customers are given for use at home. Often it is called 'lunchtime peels "because this procedure is about 10 - 15 minutes. When applied to patients feel a slight burning sensation, which subsides in a few minutes. Redness disappear by the end of the day, and glycolic peels can be reused as needed.

Smooths rough, dry or sun-damaged skin, providing its striking appearance and fresh texture. In addition, it acts on wrinkles and age spots on the face and hands.

Minuses: Results are temporary, and the procedure requires repeated execution. It works only with surface skin problems.

Peeling TCA

This peeling uses trichloroacetic acid or TCA (it is stronger than glycolic acid penetrates deeper), which gently removes the top layer of skin. Since the acid penetrates into the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, peeling actually restores the levels of collagen and elastin layer of the skin. Within 15 minutes of treatment, the patient experiences a burning sensation. This mild discomfort, and the result is a swollen face for a week and the minimum amount of a crust that held only a few days. Full restoration and improvement of 'renewed' layers of the skin occurs within a few weeks after the peel, but most patients look presentable and return to normal activity within a week.

Good for early wrinkles, little scarring and age spots on the face and hands. It may also interfere with moderate sunburn, skin pigmentation and even out, exposed to the influence of weather.

Minuses:   whereas, as a renewed skin looks much fresher and smoother, you have to be prepared for the fact that the procedure gives some discomfort and weekly (and maybe more) the recovery period. As with any strong acid or laser peeling risk of scarring, and the treated areas may have a whitish hue.

Phenol peels

The strongest type of chemical peel, this method uses carbolic acid to exfoliate the skin deep. In fact, it is rarely used because it penetrates very deeply. Besides, due to an increased risk of local anesthesia. Recovery time - from one to three weeks after treatment, the skin is very red. The next six to eight weeks, it will go from pink to natural shades. Suitable for deep wrinkles, scars and sun-damaged skin.

Minuses:   at the same time that your skin after the procedure will become smooth and taut, the process is very uncomfortable. The face becomes swollen and most patients do not feel comfortable within two weeks after the procedure. Among other problems can be identified scarring and long term lightening skin pigmentation difference between the treated and untreated areas. This type of peel is not recommended for people with darker skin.


This relatively new technology treatment of the skin also known as Particle Resurfacing, Power Peel, Derma Peel or Parisian Peel, and carried out in various spa and beauty salons, as well as in the offices of dermatologists and plastic surgeons .  The doctor uses a hand-held device that emits particles similar to sand crystals (aluminum oxide or table salt) on the patient's face, neck or chest, and then sucks them back, along with dirty and dead skin cells .  This type of peeling takes about 45 minutes to process the whole face .  Thereafter, the patient can return to work with only a slight redness that may be masked cosmetics .  Fully redness subsides through one- two o'clock .  This procedure is not painful, but patients feel a slight tingling sensation, but it does not require Analgesic drugs and has no limitations in skin color .  After processing the skin gets a healthy glow .  To achieve optimal results, you must perform five to ten sessions every seven to ten days, but most patients see improvement after four to five sessions .  After the initial series of often recommend recurring visits (from once a month to once every three months) .

Some clinics combine microdermabrasion with glycolic peel for the first few sessions.

Suitable for smoothing the rough edges and shallow wrinkles, improve skin, sun-damaged, uneven pigmentation, and minimize damage to the capillaries and age spots. Microdermabrasion is often effective to eliminate blackheads. Many doctors say that repeated microdermabrasion increases the production of collagen.

Minuses:   Microdermabrasion is often performed faster and more efficiently than salon treatments or products used in the home, while the deeper layers are affected than in the peels of glycolic acid. However, the procedure requires periodic repetition. It can not completely prevent and remove scars and other skin deep recesses, deep wrinkles in the mouth or furrows on the forehead; even the superficial wrinkles and scars are not always completely removed.


This is a deep mechanical peel that penetrates deeper than microdermabrasion, and uses a rapidly rotating grinding wheel or wire brush to scrape the top layer of skin. To soothe the skin freezing spray is applied. After the procedure the patient feels soft, but there is a feeling that you're a little sunburn. The skin will peel off for a week, until a new top layer. Redness can be pronounced and can last for several weeks or months, but it gives in camouflage cosmetics. Large areas are treated under general anesthesia, while as little space may require only local anesthesia. The procedure usually requires an overnight hospital if large area.

Good for:   Treatment of scars, scars, wrinkles, skin pigmentation and sun damage skin.

Minuses:   It feels discomfort, quite a long period of recovery, which may take several weeks. In addition, the residual redness, which can remain for a long time.
Author: Ann, New York