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Chemical Peels - Can They Help in Getting Younger Looking Skin?

F.C.P.S (Dermatology), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DDV
Dermatologist, Pune
Chemical Peels - Can They Help in Getting Younger Looking Skin?

Do you ever wish you could start all over and take better care of your skin? A chemical peel could give you that chance. Peels can dramatically reduce lines, wrinklesacne scars, dark spots, and roughness caused by years of sun.

A chemical peel is a solution applied to the face to remove the outermost layer or layers of skin. It's a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin that grows in its place is softer, smoother and has fewer imperfections. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

There are three basic types of chemical peels:

Superficial or Lunchtime Peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.

Medium Peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration.

Deep Peel: Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. A thorough evaluation by a dermatologic surgeon is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

1. Pigmentation on face or body

2. Tanning

3. Dyschromias

4. Fine Wrinkles

5. Acne

6. Acne marks and scars

7. Dullness

8. Aging skin

9. Crow's feet

10. Sagging skin

Who should not opt for chemical peels?

Generally, light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, or sunburns. Other contraindications include patients who are:

1. Nursing or pregnant.

2. Have taken Accutane in last six months.

3. Have psoriasiseczemadermatitis or rosacea.

Possible complications

Temporary change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.

Changes are transient and easy to take care of if taken care properly.

1. Scarring

2. Reactivation of cold sores

3. A variety of chemical treatments can be used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.

Depending on the depth of treatment required, your surgeon may choose one of the following peels:

1. Alpha-hydroxy acid peel (AHA)

2. Trichloroacetic acid peel (TCA)

3. Phenol peel

4. Croton oil peel

Aftercare and recovery

Your dermatologist will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:

1. Normal symptoms you will experience

2. Potential signs of complications 

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Facial Scrubs - How To Know If It Is Done Excessively?

Evolve Esthetique Clinics 88% (30 ratings)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Lucknow
Facial Scrubs - How To Know If It Is Done Excessively?

The market is replete with various facial scrubs that are favoured by men and women of all ages. These are especially helpful if you are facing dust and pollution every day, or are exposed to the sun for prolonged hours. Using facial scrubs is a form of exfoliation that helps in rubbing the granules into the skin so as to remove dead cells and give the skin a more supple tone. Yet, too much use of facial scrubs can also lead to a variety of skin troubles. So, how can you tell if you are overdoing our facial scrubbing routine?

-  Redness and Peeling of the Skin: When you over exfoliate or use facial scrubs too often, you may find redness on your skin due to the constant abrasive action. Also, you may experience too much of skin peeling and flaking due to the same reason, instead of a mere clean up of the dead skin cells. In such cases, you will need to halt your process of constant buffing.

-  Products with Green Tea Extracts: Using tea tree oil or green extracts can help in better exfoliation with a gentle action on your skin. This can soothe the skin and even prevent skin cancer, as per a variety of scientific and medical studies. Licorice root extract as well as cucumber based scrubs can also help in making the skin softer. 

-  Inflammation: Inflammation is another sign that you may be overdoing your facial scrubbing routine. You can use a scrub with bisabobol which usually comes from Chamomile. This can help in reducing inflammation due to constant exfoliation and facial scrubbing. 

-  Scrubbing Gear: Using a washcloth to clear away those dead skin cells or a scrubber or brush can turn out to be too harsh for your soft facial skin to handle. You must restrict the use of these tools to about once a week so that your skin does not get too dehydrated or wear a scrubbed look which does not have a glow.

-  Testing a New Product: Test a new scrub over a small patch of your skin before using it to watch out for tell tale signs like rashes or other eruptions. Also, when you are using a seed or dry fruits based scrub, you must limit the use and not rub it around the delicate areas of the eyes and mouth so that the skin does not get rubbed too much, which can leave it loose.

Using facial scrubs should be limited and used only when you feel like there is too much build up of dirt and grime.
 

Aesthetic Medicine - What All It Includes?

MD DDVL Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Kochi
Aesthetic Medicine - What All It Includes?

Aesthetic medicine is a developing branch of medicine and scientific research. The objective is to cosmetically enhance an individual's physical appearance with nominally invasive procedures. It is a modern field and is not restricted to plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Most medical specialists can offer services in the field of aesthetic medicine.22136
The major types of procedures and techniques are:

1. Surgical techniques

  • Liposuction - This is a surgical cosmetic technique which is used to remove fat from certain areas of the body to re-shape the body and reduce weight.
  • Facelifts - A facelift is a surgical procedure which is done to restore the healthy and youthful features of the skin by injecting dermal fillers (soft tissue) into the hollowed or sagging parts of the face or neck.
  • Radio frequency ablation - In this medical procedure, a radio wave produces electric current and eliminates the diseased or non-functional tissues. The technique has applications outside aesthetic medicine too such as treating tumors, chronic pain, heart problems, etc.
  • Hair transplant - Hair transplantation surgery is a procedure where the hair follicles are surgically removed from a donor site and implanted on the recipient side to cover up bald spots. The hair follicles are taken from the patient and so, the grafted hair continues its natural growth after surgery.

2. Non-Surgical techniques

  • Radio frequency skin tightening - This is a non-surgical alternative to facelifts and it produces the connective tissues (collagen and elastin) in order to remodel the tissues and tighten the skin of the face and the neck.
  • Chemical peel - A chemical peel is a type of skin treatment which is used to smoothen and improve the texture of skin. It is especially done for the facial skin to remove lines, folds and wrinkles. The procedure causes the dead skin cells to peel off and the new skin that appears is more even and youthful.
  • Non-surgical liposuction - This procedure is done using laser energy and ultrasound and the subcutaneous fat cells are eliminated. There is no suction, incision or injection involved.These techniques are of lower risk as compared to surgical weight loss procedures.
  • Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal - The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) procedure involves a spectrum of wavelengths (similar to those of a light bulb) which are targeted at the skin and some of the wavelengths can remove body hair. Laser hair removal is slightly more effective than IPL because it involves a focused beam of light in one specific wavelength which targets the hair follicles of your skin.
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Chemical Peels - How Do They Help Your Skin?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Chemical Peels - How Do They Help Your Skin?

Do you ever wish you could start all over and take better care of your skin? A chemical peel could give you that chance. Peels can dramatically reduce lines, wrinklesacne scars, dark spots, and roughness caused by years of sun.

A chemical peel is a solution applied to the face to remove the outermost layer or layers of skin. It's a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin that grows in its place is softer, smoother and has fewer imperfections. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

There are three basic types of chemical peels:

Superficial or Lunchtime Peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.

Medium Peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration.

Deep Peel: Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. A thorough evaluation by a dermatologic surgeon is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

1. Pigmentation on face or body

2. Tanning

3. Dyschromias

4. Fine Wrinkles

5. Acne

6. Acne marks and scars

7. Dullness

8. Aging skin

9. Crow's feet

10. Sagging skin

Who should not opt for chemical peels?

Generally, light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, or sunburns. Other contraindications include patients who are:

1. Nursing or pregnant.

2. Have taken Accutane in last six months.

3. Have psoriasiseczemadermatitis or rosacea.

Possible complications

Temporary change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.

Changes are transient and easy to take care of if taken care properly.

1. Scarring

2. Reactivation of cold sores

3. A variety of chemical treatments can be used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.

Depending on the depth of treatment required, your surgeon may choose one of the following peels:

1. Alpha-hydroxy acid peel (AHA)

2. Trichloroacetic acid peel (TCA)

3. Phenol peel

4. Croton oil peel

Aftercare and recovery

Your dermatologist will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:

1. Normal symptoms you will experience

2. Potential signs of complications 

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Chemical Peels - Knowing The Conditions They Can Treat?

Dr. Monisha Kapoor 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS, MCH-Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Chemical Peels - Knowing The Conditions They Can Treat?

chemical peel is a form of skin treatment where an acid solution is used for the removal of damaged outer layers of the skin. Alpha hydroxyl acids and trichloroacetic acids are used in chemical peels. Phenol is also applied to the skin. Chemical peels aid in improving the skin’s appearance. The chemical acid solution makes the skin peel off. The new skin is much smoother and is less wrinkled.

Chemical peels are of several types:

  1. Superficial peels: In this type, alpha hydroxyl acid is used to penetrate the outer layer of the skin and exfoliates it gently. Superficial peels are used for improving the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin.
  2. Medium peels: In medium peels, trichloroacetic acid is used for penetrating into the middle layers of the skin to remove damaged cells. Improvement in age spots, lines and wrinkles can be done using medium peels. Rough skin is smoothened.
  3. Deep peels: In the case of deep peels, trichloroacetic acid or phenol is used for penetrating the middle layers of the skin to remove damaged cells. Skin appearance is improved drastically.

Conditions treated with chemical peels
Chemical peels are used for the treatment of certain conditions. They can be used to treat the following conditions:

  1. Reduction in fine lines which occur under the eyes or around the mouth.
  2. Treatment of wrinkles which are caused due to sun damage or old age. This is done using chemical peels.
  3. Chemical peels help in improving the appearance of mild scars on the skin surface.
  4. Several types of acne are cured by chemical peels.
  5. Chemical peels help in reducing age spots, freckles and dark patches known as melasma, which occur because of pregnancy or because of taking birth control pills.
  6. The overall look and feel of the skin are improved after using chemical peels.

After a chemical peel treatment is done, the skin becomes extra sensitive to the sun. Hence, it is recommended to use a sunscreen lotion, which also protects against UVA and UVB light rays.

Are chemical peels safe?
Chemical peels are very effective and provide perfect rejuvenation to the skin. However, as far as safety is concerned, you should know that chemical peels have some side effects.

  • They may result in a temporary or permanent change in the skin color, especially in women who take birth control pills.
  • Scarring can occur and cold sores can get reactivated.

Chemical peels involve the use of chemicals or acid to improve the appearance and condition of the skin. This procedure is an effective one and satisfactory results are obtained.

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How Chemical Peels Can Help In Getting Younger Looking Skin?

M. Ch. (Plastic Surgery)
Dermatologist, Pune
How Chemical Peels Can Help In Getting Younger Looking Skin?

Do you ever wish you could start all over and take better care of your skin? A chemical peel could give you that chance. Peels can dramatically reduce lines, wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots, and roughness caused by years of sun.

A chemical peel is a solution applied to the face to remove the outermost layer or layers of skin. It's a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin that grows in its place is softer, smoother and has fewer imperfections. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

There are three basic types of chemical peels:

1. Superficial or Lunchtime Peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.

2. Medium Peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration.

3. Deep Peel: Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. A thorough evaluation by a dermatologic surgeon is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

1. Pigmentation on face or body

2. Tanning

3. Dyschromias

4. Fine Wrinkles

5. Acne

6. Acne marks and scars

7. Dullness

8. Aging skin

9. Crow's feet

10. Sagging skin

Who should not opt for chemical peels?

Generally, light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, or sunburns. Other contraindications include patients who are:

1. Nursing or pregnant.

2. Have taken Accutane in last six months.

3. Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.

Possible complications

Temporary change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.

Changes are transient and easy to take care of if taken care properly.

1. Scarring

2. Reactivation of cold sores

3. A variety of chemical treatments can be used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.

Depending on the depth of treatment required, your surgeon may choose one of the following peels:

1. Alpha-hydroxy acid peel (AHA)

2. Trichloroacetic acid peel (TCA)

3. Phenol peel

4. Croton oil peel

Aftercare and recovery

Your dermatologist will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:

1. Normal symptoms you will experience

2. Potential signs of complications

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स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट - Skin Peeling Treatment!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट - Skin Peeling Treatment!

त्वचा शरीर का सबसे नाजुक और महत्वपूर्ण अंग है. त्वचा को सुंदर रखने के लिए लोग हर तरह का मंहगे से मंहगा उपचार अपना रहे हैं. कई बार मौसम में परिवर्तन या अनहेल्थी फूड जैसे अन्य कारणों से त्वचा की समस्या उत्पन्न हो जाती है और त्वच अपनी समय से पहले खूबसूरती खो देती है. इस तरह की त्वचा समस्या के लिए विभिन्न प्रकार के स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट है.

स्किन पीलिंग विभिन्न कारणों से हो सकती है जैसे अल्ट्रा-वायलेट किरणों से समृद्ध सनलाइट के संपर्क में आना, जो त्वचा के लिए हानिकारक होते है, रेटिनोइड्स और बेंजॉयल पेरोक्साइड युक्त दवाओं का उपयोग, जो एक्ने, एक्जिमा, सोरायसिस सेबोरिक डर्मेटाइटिस और अत्यधिक सूखापन जैसे त्वचा के अन्य समस्या के लिए उपयोग किया जाता है.

स्किन पीलिंग का ट्रीटमेंट मृत कोशिकाओं को हटाकर त्वचा को विकसित करने के लिए नई त्वचा कोशिकाओं के लिए रास्ता बनाता है. येलो पील, एग्रीपील, पंपकिन पील, पील बूस्टर, एएचए पील और केमिकल पील जैसे स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट के विभिन्न तरीके हैं.

केमिकल पील कई रूपों में आता है जहां विभिन्न प्रकार के त्वचा विकार के इलाज के लिए एसिड का उपयोग किया जाता है. केमिकल पील ट्रीटमेंट में सैलिसिलिक एसिड पील, ग्लाइकोलिक एसिड पील, ट्राइक्लोरोएसेटिक एसिड पील, फिनोल पील और फ्रूट एसिड पील शामिल हैं. केमिकल स्किन पीलिंग को एक्ने, मुंहासे के दाग, झाई, खुरदरी और रूखी त्वचा का इलाज करने का सबसे अच्छा तरीका है. इसके उपचार कुछ निश्चित उपायों द्वारा किया जाना चाहिए. उदाहरण के लिए, व्यक्ति को ट्रीटमेंट से 2-3 दिन पहले और बाद में एंटी-एक्ने क्रीम से बचना चाहिए. ट्रीटमेंट के बाद सन-स्क्रीन लोशन लगाना चाहिए और व्यक्ति को उपचार के 24 घंटे बाद अपना चेहरा धोने से बचना चाहिए. यदि ट्रीटमेंट के बाद चकत्ते या लालिमा देखी जाती है, तो ठंडा सेक प्रभावित क्षेत्र पर लगाया जाना चाहिए.

ट्रीटमेंट कब किया जाता है?
स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट विभिन्न प्रकार के होते हैं.

  • येलो पील त्वचा पर ऑक्सीजन की आपूर्ति बढ़ाने के लिए लागू किया जाता है और त्वचा को दृढ़ बनाता है.
  • एग्रीपील त्वचा में सूजन को कम करता है.
  • एएचए पील सूखी त्वचा को ठीक करने के लिए उपयोग की जाती है, क्योंकि यह नमी बनाए रखने के लिए त्वचा की क्षमता में सुधार करता है.
  • पम्पकिन विटामिन ए से भरपूर एक प्राकृतिक उत्पाद है और पम्पकिन पील क्षतिग्रस्त त्वचा को फिर से जीवंत करता है.


डॉक्टर द्वारा त्वचा को अच्छी तरह साफ़ करने के बाद केमिकल स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट किया जाता है. फिर डॉक्टर देखता है कि त्वचा केमिकल पर प्रतिकूल प्रतिक्रिया दे रही है या नहीं. यदि कुछ नहीं होता है, तो डॉक्टर प्रक्रिया के साथ आगे बढ़ता है. केमिकल पील में सैलिसिलिक एसिड पील शामिल है जो छिद्रों को खोलने में मदद करता है और एक्ने को खत्म कर देता है जो बैक्टीरिया को विकसित करने का कारण बनता है. ट्राइक्लोरोएसिटिक एसिड पील गंभीर त्वचा क्षति को ठीक करने के लिए किया जाता है. इस पील में बहुत अधिक मात्रा में एसिड होता है. इसलिए इसे त्वचा पर एक या दो मिनट से ज्यादा नहीं छोड़ा जाता है. यह मेलस्मा (त्वचा मलिनकिरण), सूरज की वजह से निशान, गंभीर मुहांसे और रंजकता जैसी स्थितियों के साथ अच्छी तरह से काम करता है.

स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट रिकवरी में कितना समय लगता है?
1. स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट, जिसमें प्राकृतिक उत्पादों का उपयोग किया जाता है, वह हानिरहित होते हैं और इसमें किसी भी तरह देखभाल की आवश्यकता नहीं है. हालाँकि, स्किन पीलिंग ट्रीटमेंट के लिए कुछ बातों का पालण करना चाहिए, जैसे कि व्यक्ति को उपचार के 2-3 दिन पहले और बाद में एक्ने क्रीम का उपयोग नहीं करना चाहिए.

2. सन एक्सपोज़र को 2-3 दिनों के लिए पूरी तरह से बचा जाना चाहिए और यदि आवश्यकता होती है तो व्यक्ति को एसपीएफ़ क्रीम लगाना चाहिए.

3. 24 घंटे के पोस्ट ट्रीटमेंट के लिए चेहरे को पानी से नहीं धोना चाहिए. इसे एक माइल्ड क्लींजर से साफ किया जाना चाहिए और नॉन-मॉइस्चराइजिंग क्रीम का इस्तेमाल करना चाहिए.

4. एक व्यक्ति को उपचार के बाद 2 3 दिनों के लिए तैराकी से बचना चाहिए. मेकअप से भी बचना चाहिए.

5. यदि त्वचा लाल पैच या चकत्ते विकसित करती है तो उन्हें ठंडे संपीड़ित के साथ इलाज किया जाना चाहिए.

 

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Anti-Aging Dermatology Treatments - Understanding The Types & Benefits!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Anti-Aging Dermatology Treatments - Understanding The Types & Benefits!

All of us have the innate desire to age gracefully. We want to think like a 40 but look like a 20. Nevertheless, with few treatments, you can undo the signs of aging to restore your youthful glow.

Types-

  1. Laser Treatment: This method uses laser beams to generate heat energy for stimulating growth of new collagen fibers. This leaves your skin supple and rejuvenated.

  2. Botox Injections: One can do away with wrinkles by the use of unadulterated Botulinum toxin A. When injected in a small amount, they block the nerves and prevent contraction of the muscles. Hence, the skin appears less wrinkled and even smoother.

  3. Chemical Peel: Here, the doctor coats the affected areas of the skin with acid, thus causing microscopic exfoliation & new collagen formation and eliminating lines, creases and age spots.

  4. Dermabrasion: The procedure requires sanding the epidermis (upper skin layer) with the help of a rotating brush done with Aluminium Oxide Crystals. A new skin layer eventually replaces the old one that gets removed in the process.

  5. Face-lift: The method involves eliminating the excess skin and fat from the neck and the lower face, thus helping to tighten up the connective tissue and the underlying muscle.

  6. Soft Tissue Fillers: Soft tissue fillers including hyaluronic acid, collagen and fat can be injected into the creases on the face. This helps to plump and level out the furrows.

Benefits-

Anti-ageing treatments address and treat the following skin issues associated with age:

  1. Loss of one’s skin firmness

  2. Reduced elasticity of the skin

  3. Increased skin dryness

  4. Pigmentation disorders, such as uneven pigmentation or age spots

  5. Loss of skin radiance

  6. Wrinkle formation

  7. Increased vulnerability to rashes and bruises

  8. Greater translucency resulting in visibility of the veins

  9. Increased redness due to enlarged blood vessels

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Freckles - Easy Tips To Get Rid Of Them!

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Freckles - Easy Tips To Get Rid Of Them!

Some of us are born with freckles and some acquire them, mostly due to sun exposure. They are not common on dark skin, but those of us with lighter complexion have to bear the brunt of these brown dot-like blemishes. If you’ve been waiting for information on easy and super-fast ways to get rid of freckles, you’ve just got lucky.

You can use natural lightening methods as well as freckle-removing treatments like lasers to get rid of freckles fast.

Natural lightening methods: 

  1. Lemon juice:  This natural bleach can lighten freckles fast. Problem is that lemon juice doesn’t work on freckles caused due to sun exposure as these are darker and more irregularly placed across the skin.
  2. Sour cream mask: Milk and sour cream are both very effective in combating freckles. Just make a mask and apply on your face and let it soak in. What happens here is that the lactic acid in milk peels away the outer skin on your face, lightening freckles.
  3. Fruit peels: You can mix fruits and apply on face. This will facilitate the natural acids in fruits to peel the top layer of skin and lighten freckles. Strawberries and kiwi fruit are very effective and so are cucumbers and apricots.

Treatments for removing freckles

  1. Lightening creams: These are easily available as well as extremely effective against both natural as well as sun induced freckles. Creams with liquorice extract and Aloe work best. Then there are creams with chemicals like hydroquinone and oxybenzone, which are also very effective, though they can sometimes have side effects.
  2. Microdermabrasion: What microdermabrasion does is that it removes the outer layer of skin through the action of a stream of tiny particles. This reduces the intensity of freckles.
  3. Chemical peels: These peels remove the top layer of skin and reduce freckles. Skin needs 2-3 days to heal after a chemical peel. Chemical peels are prepared in 3 different strengths:
    1. Superficial which use alpha or beta hydroxy acids
    2. Medium which uses trichloroacetic acid to penetrate deep into skin
    3. Deep peels which use higher concentrations of trichloroacetic acid or phenol to get rid of even more layers of skin.
  4. Laser treatment: Lasers offer a fast way to get rid of freckles. They work by burning the blood vessels underneath the freckles. This reduces the intensity of freckles and gives skin an even tone. The procedure is safe if done by a surgeon. It may cause some temporary bruisingswelling and redness.

A good way to stop freckles from marring the prettiness of your skin is to protect yourself from the sun. You can wear sunscreen or cover your skin with long sleeves. Both of these stop the darkening of old freckles or the formation of newer ones. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Chemical Peels And Microdermabrasion - What To Expect?

Dermatologist, Chennai
Chemical Peels And Microdermabrasion - What To Expect?

With the growing importance on how a person looks, everybody is obsessed with trying to look younger and prettier. Skin that is flawless, glowing, and clear is not just something celebrities want but is every person’s dream. It is no wonder that the cosmetic industry has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of technology and chemical based treatments.

Talking of cosmetic skin treatments, two of the most common methods are chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Read on to know about these skin exfoliation techniques.

Why exfoliate?

The skin has multiple layers, and with constant exposure to the environment, the top layers are constantly exposed to pollution and dust and sunlight. This makes the skin very dull and weary. There are also dead cells on the top, which need to be removed so that fresh cells from the underlying layers surface up to give the skin a fresh, glowing look. This is known as skin exfoliation.

Chemical peels
Due to various reasons, when skin does not repair naturally, the role of chemical peels comes in play. This helps in removing these top layers, thus, in turn, removing the rough, dry layers and giving the skin, a good texture.

What is done?

  1. Skin is cleansed and a chemical is applied which penetrates the skin. These are usually enzymes from the fruits or vegetables or alpha hydroxyl acid or phenols
  2. The process is repeated multiple times with gaps of few days to help in fresh skin generation, depending on expected results
  3. Topical moisturizer and sunscreen should be used post treatment.

Microdermabrasion
This is a physical exfoliation technique, in that the top layers are manually cleared of debris and dead cells. This produces instant results, but cannot be used in acute cases where the skin is inflamed or sensitive.

What is done?

  1. A crystal or diamond tip which has fine aluminum or diamond particles is used to abrade the skin
  2. This removes any dead cells and debris
  3. These are suctioned away
  4. The result is velvety, smooth skin which is soft, bright, and glowing
  5. Can also be combined with other rejuvenation procedures like laser
  6. Should be repeated on a monthly basis for optimal results
  7. It also helps penetration of topical creams and lotions, making them more effective.

While both are well-proven techniques for exfoliation, the treatment option is decided by the doctor by consulting the patient. Each person’s response to such treatments is different, so choose the treatment that will be most beneficial and effective for you.

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