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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.”

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