SKIN PEELING TREATMENTS
Dr. Shefali Trasi-Nerurkar, Consultant Dermatologist, Trasi Clinic and La Piel, elaborates on chemical skin peels.
In a nutshell: “These involve the application of fruit acid of varied concentrations to the skin to cause a controlled exfoliation of the various layers of the skin. It can be a superficial peel used to exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin, or a deeper peel, wherein the superficial skin as well as the deeper layers of the skin are involved. It aids rejuvenation, radiance, and helps in getting rid of acne that is formed by the obstruction of oil glands. These also help to exfoliate and reconstruct the skin’s cellular changes.”
Duration, et al: “Duration depends on the type of peel chosen—simple peels such as glycolic, salicylic or lactic can remain on the skin for three-ten minutes whereas highly concentrated ones are left on for a shorter time. Certain peels that contain retinol are kept on for longer; anything between four to 12 hours. We advice the patients to apply these at the clinic and wash it off once they are home.”
Keep in mind: “Peels aren’t safe for those under 15 years of age. It is also not an at-home procedure. These should be done by professionals to avoid side-effects. After the procedure, the patient may immediately experience redness, irritation or a burning sensation. The burning is alright for about 30 seconds after application. It may lead to severe side-effects if the patient is exposed to the peel for longer; it can cause burning of the skin and hyper-pigmentation issues.”