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Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical peels are a type of skin treatment that is often used in order to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Chemical peels often include the application of a chemical solution on the skin that makes it blister and then peel off. This results in the new skin appearing much smoother and less wrinkled. Questions regarding chemical peels often include the chemical peel side effects, what a chemical peel is and if the chemical peel treatment is effective. Read below to find some important questions about chemical peels that have been answered by Experts.

Do chemical peels affect hair?

Chemical peels may not have any negative effect on the hair and the hair may not fall out because of the use of these peels. This is often because hair is made up of different types of keratin cells. The chemical peels are only meant to remove the dead skin and as a result may not have any type of effect on the hair.

Is it normal for the skin to darken after the use of a chemical peel?

Darkening of the skin after the use of a chemical peel may be a good sign. The darkness may be caused because of mild burns on the skin’s surface. The dark skin may dry and then flake off in 5-7 days. The individual may use a moisturizer such as cetaphil cream in order to keep the skin well moisturized. The skin should also be well protected from the sun.

Is it normal for the skin to become visibly tight and burn after the use of a glycolic chemical peel? It is also peeling off and the skin underneath is very red.

The symptoms mentioned above could often be caused due to a burn from the glycolic peel. This may occur often even if the strength of the peel is not too high. There are many factors that may cause this type of reaction. The individual may apply cetaphil cream to keep the face moisturized. The individual may also use 1% Cortisone cream two times a day for a period of 5-7 days. Any type of soap should be avoided on the face and it should only be cleaned with water and cetaphil cleansing lotion. The individual may also avoid exposure to the sun as the skin may be very sensitive and may even become burnt. A sunscreen lotion with a 50+ SPF (sun protection factor) may also be used.

What can cause the skin to become leathery and dark after the use of a chemical peel?

The skin becoming leathery and dark may be a very normal reaction to the chemical peel. This may be caused when the peel penetrates the skin a little more than it normally should. The leathery area of the skin may peel off within a few days. The skin may look normal once the peeling is completed. The individual may leave the affected area of the skin as it is if there is not irritation. This may enable the skin crack and peel faster. The individual may use a moisturizer twice a day if there is any type of burning or irritation. The individual may also ensure that the affected area is not exposed to the sun for a period of 14-28 days.

Do chemical peels cure freckles and age spots?

Chemical peels may not cure age spots and/or freckles. Freckles may not be able to be treated as they may keep coming back. The individual may use a sun screen that has an SPF of more than 50 on all the exposed parts of the body half an hour before he/she goes out into the sun. the individual may also apply glycol 6 cream once a night every day.

Is hyper pigmentation normal after the use of chemical peels on the skin?

In some cases, hyper pigmentation may be normal after the use of chemical peels. Most dermatologists may prescribe hydroquinone for this. The dosage may be as prescribed by the doctor. Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent that may remove the hyper pigmentation. The individual may also use a sunscreen lotion regularly in order to prevent the skin from getting burnt. Besides this, avoiding abrasive cleansers and cosmetics and getting a balanced diet and sleep may help the individuals cope with the hyper pigmentation.

Can chemical peels be used to remove tan?

Chemical peels may be used in order to remove a tan. This treatment is referred to as the skin lightening treatment. The peel used is a combined glycolic acid and salicylic acid peel. One may require at least 3 sessions with a period of 15 days between each session.

Chemical peels may be effective most of the time. However, often these peels may cause some side effects. It may be very important for individuals to know what the side effects of these peels are and how the side effects may be treated before the individual uses the peels. Individuals may ask an Expert if they have any other questions pertaining to chemical peels or the side effects.
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