I don't know about you but I'm a little afraid of the side effects of chemical peels. Frankly, the possibility of burning and irritating my skin doesn't sound like something I want to do. But, it's good to be informed. Here's what I learned in my research.
There Are 3 Main Levels of Facial Peels:
1--Glycolic acid is the mildest peel. A fruit acid, it's derived from sugar cane and is considered an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. At a low concentration some people even do these at home.
These peels are supposed to deep clean your skin and reduce light wrinkles. But it won't be dramatic and some say it's not worth the bother. Others like to do these every few months for a serious deep clean feel. It's up to you.
Side effects include: the possibility of burning your skin with the acid concentration. Some skin is more sensitive than others. If you feel a painful burning wash it off your face immediately. A cooling mixture of baking soda and water may help to stop the effects of the acid.
If all goes well, you'll most likely experience a deep clean and tightening feeling. Your skin will probably be hyper sensitive to the sun so protect yourself accordingly.
The next levels of chemical peels are done with a professional (though I have seen "at home TCA kits") The professional experience can minimize the side effects somewhat but you're still at risk for burning, itching, even scarring. The deeper the peel and the more layers of skin that are removed, the more likely that serious complications can occur.
2—TCA peels is a medium level of chemical peel. The results will be more dramatic than with lighter peels.
3—A Phenol peel is the deepest peel and so has the most risk of side effects. The patient is usually put under and the procedure takes 1-2 hours in a doctor's office. It's rare but some patients experience serious pain, permanent scarring and chemical burns.
Nearly everyone who undergoes one or more chemical peel treatments will experience ordinary side-effects such as redness, irritation and peeling of the skin.
Plus, if you are prone to scarring, cold sores or fever blisters, you may not want to risk a chemical peel.
There are other ways of keeping your skin looking smooth and young looking without putting yourself at risk for the side effects of chemical peels. Why not visit my website to learn more about effective and gentle ways of maintaining great looking skin?