Chemical Peel Side Effects


By: - Skin Care - September 12, 2011
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The effort to maintain optimum skin care has been the inspiration for a variety of methods used by a lot of people.  One of those numerous methods is a technique known as the chemical peel.  This is a vastly popular technique that is said to return the youthful glow in the face.  It is said to eliminate the dermatological signs of aging such as slight wrinkles and pigmented skin suggestive of advancing age.  But again, as with any other method, the consumer has to ponder the possible chemical side effects.  Do they cause harm for the wrong people and most important of all, do chemical peels work?

So just what is a chemical peel exactly?  A chemical peel is a method used to chemically exfoliate the skin through an acid like solution.  Applied to the surface of the skin, it results in the peeling of the skin that is aged or that is damaged, thereby allowing regenerating of the skin that is beneath.  The condition of the skin being treated determines the strength of the chemical applied.  These concentrations in their varying strengths penetrate the different layers of the skin and as said earlier, exfoliate the tissue affected.  What are the chemical peel side effects?  Chemical peels are regarded as being quite safe, generally, but like any other treatment and procedures in cosmetics, there are some risks and relative side effects.

Consisting of alpha-hydroxy acids, these chemical acids have very low side effects.  The two primary side effects of this chemical are sensitivity to the sunlight and skin irritation characterized by possible scarring, redness of the skin, pain, burning and light itching.  Dependant largely on the condition of the skin prior to the treatment and how well the skin rejuvenates itself, these side effects will generally fade away within about two to three days or so.  Newer forms of the chemical peel involve a different kind of acid called BHA or Beta Hydoxy Acids.  Because they have drastically fewer resulting side effects than their AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) they are, needless to say, quite popular.

Therefore, chemical peel side effects depend largely on the individual undergoing the process and the ability of the skin beneath the exfoliated, peeled skin to heal itself.  With the advent on the market of more effective acids that have fewer side effects, chemical peels should answer the question of wondering, do chemical peels work.  They do, but before you under go this procedure it is recommended that you make an appointment with your dermatologist to determine if this procedure is the right one for you and to determine what the severity, if any, the side effects will be to your face and skin.

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