Chemical peeling

Chemical peeling

Applied to the skin, chemical peeling consists of the process of applying trichloroacetic acid to the skin, in concentrations from 15 to 50%, to destroy the epidermal layer and - depending on the concentration used – a part of the dermis for the purpose of stimulating dermo-epidermical regeneration.

The technique, efficient for exfoliating the layers of skin and activating the formation of a new epidermis, is particularly indicated for face, décolleté, limbs and hands.

Trichloroacetic Acid is used because it is able to destroy the epidermis without provoking the absorption of toxins, and forms a lesion that heals easily through skin regeneration in 7-10 days.

Chemical peeling treatment is recommended for photo-aged skin, surface blemishes, uncomplicated lesions from acne, fine wrinkles, stretchmarks and ephelides.

The exfoliating agent acts at different levels depending on concentration, quantity and length of time the solution is left on, producing successful results on the skin, such as:
  • improvement of skin texture
  • reduction of discolouration and pigmented lesions
  • reduction of wrinkles and scars
  • alteration of pore dimensions
  • stretchmark masking
Before undergoing treatment it is best to avoid exposure to the sun, electric hair removal and face cleansing operations using cosmetic products. You should instead prepare your skin using a retinal/glycolic acid-based cream and a moisturiser.
For anyone suffering from labial herpes it is essential to follow the related precautions.
The peeling operation consists of different phases, such as:
  • skin preparation using a cleansing solution
  • acid application to areas, resulting in a hot burning sensation
  • rinsing after established time
  • application of final dressing and ointment
After treatment, you must wash your face twice a day with cold water - adding a teaspoon of vinegar – and then dab dry.

Treated skin must be medicated with an oily solution, such as white stringy vaseline, and an antibiotic cream to keep skin moist.
In the days following treatment, the dead skin begins to come away and swelling may appear in the form of oedema, however this should not cause alarm.
The best advice for this period is to keep face movements to a minimum, and to sleep with your head in a raised position.

To avoid complications, it is essential that you allow exfoliation to follow its natural course, without intervening to peel away strips of skin or scabs arbitrarily that could result in scarring.

During the healing period it is best to avoid any kind of physical effort or sweating, so as not to compromise the normal regeneration process.

When exfoliation has completed, the skin appears pink-red, shiny and sensitive, and should be cared for with moisturising creams.

The redness disappears in 2 to 4 weeks. Makeup can be applied 2-3 days after the skin has regenerated. For at least 8 weeks, a total sun screen must be used when exposing your skin to the sun.

Once the skin’s normal colour returns, it can be subjected to a new treatment only after 3 to 4 months.

Complications that may appear following peeling include:
  • burning sensation
  • more evident acne lesions
  • bullous eruption
  • bacterial infections
  • scarring
All these undesirable side-effects disappear in a short time and do not result in serious or permanent damage.

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