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What Chemical Peels Can Do & What They Can't?

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Dermatologist, Bangalore
What Chemical Peels Can Do & What They Can't?

Chemical peels are said to be a Dermatologist’s art and the process of chemical peeling has been ongoing for more than six decades. It is a process wherein chemicals such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acids are applied on your skin in different concentrations, working absolute wonders on it. For those of us, who wonder to what extent chemical peels can rid us of our skin flaws, this blog will surely prove to be a beneficial read. 

Here’s what Chemical Peels Can do for you -

  • They can be used to penetrate sebum filled follicles and clear out clogged pores, break the formed blackheads and whiteheads, thus they can be used to treat certain types of acne

  • They can be used to improve the look and feel of dull skin as they increase the ground substance of skin and increase its ability to retain water thus giving skin a plump, shiny appearance

  • The keratolytic property of chemical peels can aid in the shedding of old, wrinkled and scarred the skin, thereby revealing deeper, inner, softer and lighter skin

  • Shedding of the top layer of skin can reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches due to pregnancy or birth control pills. It can also even out uneven skin tones.

Although chemical peels have proven to be highly efficient in treating the above said conditions, there are a few things that chemical peels can’t do for you, don’t worry, it might seem unfortunate but there are plenty of other dermatological solutions for these problems. 

Here’s what chemical peels can’t do for you -

  • Chemical peels cannot completely remove deep pigmentation but they most certainly can improve it significantly.

  • They cannot improve skin that is lax, however other dermatological solutions such as facelift and non-ablative resurfacing can be resorted to instead.

  • It can not remove all facial flaws, deep scarring requires laser, punch grafting, or scar excision and so chemical peels might prove to be futile here.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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