It is usually performed in the clinic of the doctor or practitioner. He/she will cleanse your face (or area where you want peeling). The cleanser will also remove the excess oil. The dermatologist or skin expert will cover your hair as well as your eyes for protection, then the particular type of chemical peel will be applied.

Some people may experience burning or a tingling sensation, this is soother by the application of an ice compression. Painkillers can be taken, but pain only usually occurs in case of a deeper peel.

Peeling usually causes redness, after which scaling occurs, which then stops within 3 to 7 days. This procedure may need to be performed again until the required effect is attained. The usual time of the repeat of a chemical peel is within 4 weeks to 1 month.

Subsequent to the therapy, some peels may need bandaging to treat the skin. Bandages are generally taken off after a few days and may make the efficiency of the treatment better.

Risks & Complications

The chemical peel procedure enjoys little risk, but sometimes complications may arise. The biggest risk associated with this procedure is skin colour change, which may be either temporary or permanent. The use of birth control pills, pregnancy or a family history of problems associated with pigmentation may increase the risk of developing unusual pigmentation. Other possible complications of the chemical peel include:

  • Skin atrophy
  • White heads
  • Prolonged erythema
  • Change in texture
  • Pigmentary alterations

Many of the complications associated with chemical peels become apparent during the process of healing. Risk of infection is also present. It may manifest itself as a purulent discharge, delayed healing of the wound, crusting, or ulcerations etc. Early acknowledgment and application of suitable antibiotics will stop the spread of infection, prevent scarring and also heal the skin.

Complications must be reported to your doctor. By doing so, you will get an early treatment and will also be safe from further problems and failure of treatment.

Q. Will a chemical peel really correct skin problems?

A. Yes, it will correct certain skin related problems and rejuvenate your skin. Usually in most cases, people will observe a visible improvement in the vitality of skin.

Q. How long will it take to cover a chemical peel?

A. It will take only half an hour and then chemical peel will be removed. For that reason it is given a name called “the lunch-time peel”.

Q. Does a chemical peel cause pain?

A. No, it is not painful. You may however experience burning or a tingling sensations. After its removal, your skin will feel fresh and devoid of any discomfort.

Q. How many chemical peel treatments should I have?

A. The treatment is usually repeated within 4 to 6 weeks. Repetition of the treatment is recommended until the desire effect is achieved.

Q. Is it possible that a chemical peel will make the thin skin thinner?

A. It won’t make the skin thinner but it will make it stronger and more durable. Chemical peels help to remove the dead skin cells and give hydration to the skin. After the procedure, skin looks plumper and better.

Q. What care should I do at home after a chemical peel?

A. Use a mild cleanser and clean your skin properly. You can apply green tea anti-oxidant serum if required. You may restart your normal skincare regime, three to five days after a treatment, as soon as the redness settles or no peeling remains.