Chemical Peels

skinOf all of the cosmetic procedures that can be used to improve one’s appearance, the most simple of these methods are the chemical peel. The chemical peel is a techniques that not only does not necessarily require a physician, although it is recommended to seek the professional help from a Dermatologist, Plastic surgeon or Otolaryngologist when using a specific type of chemical peel before the procedure is performed. This type of treatment involves using a chemical solution in order to improve the texture of the facial skin. Many of these solutions can be purchases and administered without a Medical license.

What is a chemical peel?

The chemical solution is applied, causing the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel away, leaving the skin looking younger, healthier and more radiant. This is an especially good idea if you suffer from dry skin, because dry skin can have a tendency to flake and peel naturally. Using a chemical peel can help keep this to a minimum by eliminating the dead, flaky skin.

Although chemical peels may seem something of a novel cosmetic surgical procedure, the truth is that, in some form or another, these types of treatments have been in use since the beginning of times. Although they may not have been utilizing the chemicals we now have access to today, the desire to remove dead and flaking skin from the body, especially the face is as natural as any instinct.

Items such as sand, tree saps, the juices from plants, fruits and even some foods have always been utilized in these types of treatments. One of the most popular methods, utilizing mud, is still in practice today.

There are many types of chemical peels available, from the ones that can be used by the individual to the ones that need to be administered by a professional in the cosmetic surgical field.

skin peelWhat chemicals are used in the peel?

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is one of the most popular substances used. These acids are naturally occurring organic carboxylic acids such as glycolic acid found in substances such as sugar can juice and lactic acid, which is found in sour milk and tomato juice. This particular peel is the mildest of the peel formulas available and is used for light peels meant to treat fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Alpha Hydroxy Acid can be mixed with facial washes or creams in lesser amounts to use as a part of a daily skin care regimen.

Beta Hydroxy acid peels are becoming more common due to their ability to get deeper into the pores than what Alpha Hydroxy Acid can. While Alpha Hydroxy works on the surface level of the skin, Beta Hydroxy is better able to control oil and get deeper into the pores, helping remove dead skin cells more efficiently. Thanks to the presence of Salicylic acid, Beta Hydroxy is becoming more widely used.

Any other type of chemical peel, due to their strength, should only be performed by a cosmetic specialist to insure that there are no ill effects.

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