Chemical peeling is used only for the removal of superficial wrinkles, creases and pigmentation.
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Chemical peeling are of three types- superficial (upper dead layer of the epidermis), midlevel (which acts till the upper dermis) and deep peeling (which works till the deep dermis). Hence chemical peeling procedure can be used for a number of purposes ranging from superficial skin rejuvenation to deep pigmentations and creases and also on the damaged elastic tissues of the skin due to prolonged and intense exposure to the sun.
For proper post-peeling repair of the treated area, the thickness and nature of the skin and the density of hair follicles present are important attributes.
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Chemical peeling should be avoided in parts of the body which have very thin skin (eg. eyelids). It is important to have a good number of hair follicles and sweat glands from where the fresh skin shall be regenerated after undergoing the damage caused by chemical peeling.
Which of the following chemical is not used for chemical peeling?
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The efficacy of chemical peeling depends on the percentage of concentration of the acids used. Both Alpha hydroxy acid and trichloroacetic acid can be used for superficial, mid as well as deep peels according to the percentage used. Beta hydroxy acids on the other hand are mainly used for superficial and midlevel peels. Oxalic acid is highly corrosive and should not be applied on the skin.
Chemical peeling can be done on which of the following cases?
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Chemical peeling should not be done during pregnancy, acute skin infections and if a person has a dark skin shade. Those having skin shades that is light and is in between grades I-III are fit for this procedure as those beyond this grade have a high chance of damaging their skin beyond repair.
Chemical peeling can be done at home as a self-practiced procedure.
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Chemical peeling should be done by qualified and trained experts only. Local scars and systemic side effects including kidney damage may occur with some of the chemicals being used.