“When these acid peels are used at home, it is even more important to be informed of the right methods to have a safe chemical peeling.”
Most of us have heard of the dangers of chemical peels; how people seek treatment for the after effects of chemical peels. This prompts us to question whether or not chemical peels are a safe way to address skin problems like scars left by acne, pigmentation, sunburns etc.The risks of using superficial chemical peels are minimal, and side effects are rare and usually temporary. The most popular peels available in market today work by burning off the outer layers of the skin leaving the new inner layers exposed. Thus, the scarred outer layers are removed allowing it to be replaced with fresh new clear skin. The active ingredient in any chemical peel is usually an acid. Skin Laboratory only offers hydroxy acid peels, which are the safest of all chemical peels. There are more intense chemical peels on the market, but Skin Laboratory does not offer them because they require downtime. Examples of such peels are trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and Phenol peels. These also lead to swelling, scabbing and flaking of the skin. These deeper peels run more risk of hypopigmentation that is some lightening of the facial skin, which may make the facial skin look lighter than the neck. It can also be associated with hyperpigmentation or brownish discoloration particularly if someone gets into the sun too soon after the chemical peel has been performed. In general it is recommended that sun be avoided for 3 weeks following any type of chemical peel. If you have to go out in the sun, always use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30.