What is Chemical Peel?
A Chemical Peel is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in Singapore.
The process involves applying a chemical solution to the skin’s surface to enhance and smooth its texture by removing the skin’s damaged outer layers.
Chemical Peels are beneficial to people who have face blemishes, wrinkles, or uneven skin pigmentation. It is said to be one of the safest and most effective cosmetic procedure available.
Chemical Peels come in a variety of acid types, strengths, and combinations to help improve skin issues.
Lactic acid, Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid, Phenol, and TCA are all often used acids, either alone or in combination.
How Does Chemical Peel work?
During a Chemical Peel treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed, and depending on the patient’s skin condition, the right concentration of acid is applied to the treated region.
During the procedure, you may experience an itching or stinging feeling. A neutralizer may be used to neutralize the acid depending on the type of Chemical Peel used. If any stinging occurs during the Chemical Peel treatment, a cool pack will be applied. Your skin may then feel tight after the initial stinging sensation of a Chemical Peel treatment has faded off.
To avoid cracking, patients should apply the quick recovery cream twice a day. Topical acne treatment, harsh cleansers, toners, and abrasives such as scrubs should be avoided for at least 3 days or as directed by your doctor. Between 5 and 7 days later, the skin may start to flake. Please let the peeling skin fall off on its own. During the second week, a secondary peel in the form of dry scaling skin may occur. For at least the first three months, using sunscreen is strongly advised. Generous application of moisturizer will also be helpful.
Why Chemical Peel?
Chemical Peel is one of the oldest anti-aging treatments for mature skin since it is typically inexpensive and convenient. It is still in use by Doctors today for skin resurfacing, scar removal, and the treatment of different forms of skin pigmentation.
Chemical Peels are perfect for persons who want to reclaim their youth by exfoliating dull, blotchy skin and revealing the new skin beneath.
Benefits of Chemical Peel:
Each Chemical Peel session typically take around 10 mins.
Once your skin has healed, you should then be able to see effects. Depending on the Chemical Peel treatment done, it could range from weeks to months. For best results, our doctors may recommend that you have multiple Chemical Peels.
This is dependent on the problem being addressed.
Acne scars are largely permanently rebuilt once they reappear. As a result, expect to need 2 to 3 sessions of intense peels over the course of 3 months.
Melasma, in particular, is a persistent and recurrent problem. Peels are normally performed once every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the treatment plan, and are usually accompanied with lasers and topical therapy.
Acne, like adolescence, is a long-term problem (sometime continuing into adulthood). Chemical peels work by regulating sebaceous gland activity, and after an intensive treatment period (once every two weeks for 4-6 sessions), a maintenance session is required every 4 to 8 weeks.
Chemical Peel is not suitable for individuals with any of the following conditions: –
- Suffers from cystic acne or rosacea
- Has an allergy or hypersensitivity to the solution which may result in redness, blisters and eczema
- Those with severe wrinkles
- With a history of herpes simplex as it may flare up and result in persistent pain and scars
- Patients with a heart, liver, or kidney condition (especially for deep chemical peels)
During Chemical Peel treatment, a stingy sensation is felt all over the face for roughly 2 minutes for each layer. This is tolerable, and the treatment is made more comfortable by the use of cold air.
The type of chemical peel chosen influence the healing process. The skin may take 7 days to heal after superficial peels or those that use mild acids like AHA, but most patients can resume their normal activities right afterwards. Medium peels can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to heal, while deep peels can take anywhere from 14 to 21 days to heal.
Chemical peels may cause temporary skin discolouration and redness in the treated area. Scaling and swelling may also occur depending on the type of chemical peel used. During the recovery period, our doctors will provide you post-care guidelines to follow.