5 myths about chemical peeling

When you are ready to leap to get flawless skin you need to do a little research before committing to the treatment. One skin treatment that is gaining appreciation and at the same time carrying a lot of misconceptions is chemical peeling. Like any other advanced skin care treatment, chemical peeling has side effects, risks, and benefits. When done by well trained professionals the benefits to the skin is greater than the risks. Let’s decipher the facts and myths that are revolving around this skin treatment.

Always it’s important to understand whether the treatment you are going to go through is right for you. So, we are helping you to get some understanding about chemical peeling, read further.

What chemical peeling can do for your skin

  1. Reduces mild scarring
  2. Eliminates early wrinkles
  3. Reduces excessive skin oils
  4. Reduces skin discoloration
  5. Removes old skin and make your skin look smooth and young
  6. Improves sun-damaged skin
  7. Removes stubborn blackheads

Myths about chemical peeling

  1. Chemical peeling completely removes the pores.

Chemical peeling is nothing but resurfacing your skin with a new layer of skin and shedding out the old dead (damaged) layer of skin by applying chemicals like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and maleic acid. Applying these acidic solutions will improve the texture and appearance of the skin.

The pores on your skin remain the same except that it becomes less noticeable. Especially, salicylic acid reduces pimple scars and removes blackheads hence giving your skin a new look.

  1. You should be in hideout during the complete process.

As the name sounds, chemical peeling works by removing layers of your skin. This doesn’t mean that you are going to shed skin like a snake if you have been taught so about peeling its wrong.

Your skin starts to flake 2-3 days after applying the acidic solution. The flaking happens for around 4-5 days. Just schedule your treatment in a way that the time for flaking falls when you have 2-3 days off is all you have to do. By this time majority of flaking is done coming off yet you may still see flakes of skin peeling off which is very minimal. Using prescribed moisturizers or scrubs will remove these flakes and make your skin normal and smooth.

3. it’s a painful process and can harm your skin.

Chemical peeling is of three types called light, medium, and deep chemical peel. The effect depends on the type of peel you have been prescribed. Since the process is stressing more on chemicals, it isn’t harmful to your skin. Also, this treatment cannot be concluded as a pain-free one because pain tolerance differs for each person.

Light and medium peels work on the outermost layer of skin but deep chemical peel penetrates to the middle layer of the skin. Since the later penetrates deep into your skin, you might feel a burning sensation that sometimes is unbearable. To avoid such pain you will be sedated during the process.

Serious complications are very rare in chemical peeling when proper procedures are followed before and after the treatment.

  1. Chemical peeling is for everyone.

Chemical peeling done at home or parlor without studying your skin or following certain protocols will put you and your skin in trouble. Following a pre-peel regime is important to make your skin ready for acidic solutions.

If your skin has an active infection, open wounds, keloid scarring, and undergoing other skin treatments then you should leave the idea of having chemical peeling. Only after studying your skin condition and skin issues you should step into chemical peeling.

  1. Chemical peeling is a one-time solution.

Doing chemical peeling once cannot fix your skin issues. At least 5 to 6 sitting of chemical peeling is required to see the skin the way you want it to be.

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