A chemical peeling is the technique of using a chemical solution to improve and smoothen the texture of the skin, by removing its damaged outer layers (exfoliation). It is helpful for patients with blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.
Three groups of chemicals are basically used:
- Alphahydroxy acids (AHA)
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient’s needs.
Alphahydroxic acids (AHA), such as glycolic acid, lactic acid or fruit acid are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These may be used to treat fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to ensure the best results.
Trichloroacetic acids (TCA) can be used in many different concentrations as well, but are mostly used for medium-depth peelings. Fine surface wrinkles, photo damaged skin, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA.
Phenol is the strongest of the chemical solutions and produces a deep peel. It is used mainly to treat patients with coarse facial wrinkles, areas of blotchy or damaged skin caused by sun exposure or pre-cancerous growths. Since phenol lightens the treated areas, your skin pigmentation may be a determining factor as to whether or not this is an appropriate treatment for you. Due to the Cyprus climate and the serious risks of side effects, such as uneven pigment changes, we do not perform deep chemical peelings.
Any type of chemical peeling should be administered only by a qualified and experienced doctor.
At Esthétique we offer the following peelings to our patients:
- Auriga BRA® (Biocell Rejuvenation Activator)
- Different peelings of Dermaceutic
Chemical peelings should not be applied to pregnant women, during a herpes attack, nor to patients suffering from eczema, plain warts, during or after radiotherapy treatments, treatments using essential oils, mechanical exfoliation, recent laser treatments, recent hair removal by electrolysis or on highly irritated skin, cuts or burns.
It is recommended that patients avoid saunas, intensive sports or exercise, UV rays (e.g. sunbeds) or prolonged exposure to the sun for 48 to 72 hours following the treatment.