The use of chemical peels as a skin care treatment is more popular than ever today as more people seek a perfect complexion. Chemical peels, at least the modern version of it, probably first started with a few dermatologists using phenol to treat scars on the face. Chemical peeling way actually popularized more by common people rather than physicians. Previously, the formulas were secrets. But now, with the widespread attention, chemical peel has been receiving for quite some time, the treatment has become largely available to most people, albeit, those who can, or are willing to pay for it.
The use of chemical peels to rejuvenate skin is termed chemoexfoliation and it is one of the most important tools available to a plastic surgeon, as it is a largely non-invasive way of looking better, without having to go under the knife. The concepts of using chemical agents to resurface the skin for improved appearance date back to the ancient times. Apparently, even Cleopatra bathed routinely in sour goat’s milk to improve her skin. What she didn’t know was that that sour goat’s milk contained lactic acid which is used quite commonly now, as a fairly mild, and natural chemical peel.
A whole lot of scientific research was finally done by plastic surgeons and dermatologists who legitimized the use of these chemical peels for the cosmetic enhancement of the face. However, they also drew the limitations, which were deemed to be necessary, including the concentrations that can be used. At present, there are a number of categories of chemical peels available for rejuvenating the skin. These include light peeling agents which can be bought by anyone to deep penetrating agents which can only be applied by a proper, licensed physician. When done in the proper environment with appropriate precautions, nearly all of these products have proven successful in improving the appearance of your skin. Chemical peel ultimately aims at removing any predictable uniform thickness of damaged outer skin. Complications of scarring and pigmentation are minimized and the process of wound healing and skin rejuvenation follows a chemical peel treatment.
Postoperative care is vital for your treated skin, which stays very sensitive for a period of time, to heal. A large amount of mild ointment is applied to the treated area which is reapplied a couple of times in the day. The outer layers begin to shed gradually with time. No contact must be made with the treated area with something which is abrasive in nature. Picking is absolutely prohibited during this period of recovery.
After a chemical peel is completed, a few doctors use topical agents which supposedly help in healing, however, this is an area where research is still going on. You need to be well informed about the process of re-epithelialization and the regimen you must follow post treatment. And that includes taking care of the treated region just as the doctor has advised you to. Go and visit the doctor and get yourself examined a few times during the early stages to make sure everything is on track as was wanted before the chemical peel treatment had begun. After all, it is your face.