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Chemical peels

Chemical peeling refers to application of one or a combination of agents on skin resulting in controlled destruction of upper or mid layers of skin. It is a type of chemical injury which in turn stimulates new skin (epidermis, collagen, elastin) formation.


What is the right age to start a peel?

There is no specific age after which peel can be given. It is administered according to skin condition and requirement. Acne is a common indication in which peels give quick results.  Teenagers can take peels for acne while peels for rejuvenation are given after late 20’s.


When can one do chemical peels?

There are many conditions in which peels are useful:


Pigmentation: melasma, freckles, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Anti ageing: fine lines, facial rejuvenation

Skin growths: seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, warts, milia, dermatosis papulosa nigra


What are the side effects of peel?

It is a safe procedure when done in expert hands.

If appropriate peels are not used then the following can occur:





Do all peels cause visible peeling of skin?

No, not all chemical peels cause visible peeling. There are many types of peels. Some cause only mild scaling.


What is the down time?

Some peels used for instantaneous effects before an occasion has no downtime. Others may have down time of 4-7 days depending upon the type of peel.


What are the long term effects of peel?

Peels stimulate collagen synthesis ie makes the skin more plump and younger. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles and also improves the texture of skin.


Is there any peel for instant glow?

There are peels containing peptides which give an instant rejuvenated look and feel to the skin.


Can peels be done on dry skin?

Dry skin needs to be handles cautiously. Seek expert advice on the correct types of peels for dry skin. There are hydrating peels available which are best suited for dry skin.


Can peels be done on sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin refers to skin which is dry and or allergic to fragrance fix and other such components commonly present in creams and lotions. Milder peels are preferred in such cases. We need to give adequate pre and post treatment to achieve good results.


When will I notice changes of peel?

Certain peels give instant results ie in a day or two. Other peels will make a difference in appearance of skin in 7-8 days.


What are the changes that are expected?

Skin will feel smoother, more even toned, hydrated, lesser lines and wrinkles and decrease in pigmentation.


What precautions do I need to take before the peel?

Priming of skin is necessary before the peel to achieve uniform penetration, reduced wound healing and decrease the risk of side effects.  Priming is done with agents such as sunscreen, tretinoin, hydroquinone and glycolic acid (2-6%).


Any precautions to be taken after the peel?

Precautions again depend upon the type of peel used. Your dermatologist will explain specific precaution if any. For most peel, sun protection, regular application of sunscreen and proper moisturization of skin will suffice.


How to decide the best peel for me?

The dermatologist will assess your skin, your requirements, skin condition and skin type and decide the best peel for you.