Peeling is a treatment that consists of the application of an acidic chemical substance on the skin that has the characteristic of making a renewal of the skin cells. These substances can act from the most superficial layer (epidermis) to the deepest layers (papillary dermis) and this destroys old cells and forces the body to produce new cell layers. The result is a renewed skin, without blemishes or with a lessening of blemishes and more youthful. - Common questions
What is chemical peeling?
Peeling is a medical procedure that serves to renew the skin and treat numerous problems. It comes from the English word which means "to peel, to peel" having its action in the cellular renewal of the skin. The depth of the peeling action will depend on the type of acid, the time of exposure to the skin and the concentration of its substances.
What are the indications for the use of chemical peels?
The main indications are its rejuvenating effect, giving the skin more shine and luster, eliminating fine wrinkles and even the deepest wrinkles. Eliminates epidermal blemishes and lightens dermal blemishes. It can also be used to successfully treat acne scars and stretch marks.
How is chemical peeling done?
The peeling can be performed in the office of the plastic surgeon or dermatologist and a cream containing an acidic substance is applied that will stay for a certain time depending on the depth you want to reach, on average 20 minutes. To achieve the best results, the skin must be prepared 15 days before the procedure with a pre-peeling cream that helps to avoid possible unwanted effects such as burns or hyperpigmentation.
What precautions should I take after applying the peel?
The main care that must be taken is to avoid sun exposure for 30 days to avoid the formation of stains. Daily use of sunscreen is essential and should always be used, at all times. The sunscreen is the most important cosmetic for anyone, of any age, sex or skin color. The factor must be at least 30 and reapplied every 4 hours. The face should be washed with neutral soap for a period of seven days after the procedure.
What are the contraindications to the use of chemical peels?
Patients who have a skin disease or active infection should not be subjected to peeling. Patients who are or have been using drugs based on isotretinoin (Roacutane) in the last year, are also contraindicated to the use of peeling. In cases of patients who have inactive herpes, they must be previously treated with antiviral medication (acyclovir).