Chemical peeling is the introduction of a controlled injury and removal of the skin’s outermost layer using an aqueous solution of an organic acid. Modern chemical peeling can work more internally causing less external irritation. The aim of this procedure is to change the appearance of your skin by means of skin regeneration.
Our skin, being a living organism, declines over time. Chemical peeling is recommended for people who have blemishes and facial discoloration. It also corrects skin damage such as wrinkles and scars and offers excellent results in cases of greasiness and open pores.
The most frequent sites of chemical peeling treatment are the face, the neck, the cleavage, the back and the hands.
The effect of the acidic solution on the skin can be divided into two distinct phases. The catabolic phase, that is the removal of existing cellular and fibrous structures and the anabolic phase during which these cells are being replaced by new epidermal cells and new amorphous and fibrous structures of the skin.
Chemical peeling is determined by the nature of the acid, the profile of its absorption, and the electrochemical behavior of the proton released by each specific acid. It can act on different levels in the skin structure and therefore it can be:
- DEEP peel that extends to the reticular dermis.
- MEDIUM depth peel that extends to the superficial or papillary dermis.
- SURFACE peel applied on the vital part of the skin.
- VERY SUPERFICIAL peel applied on the stratum corneum.
The deeper the peel the more visible the result but the recovery time is also longer. Treatment is performed in our clinic by a specialized dermatologist, after taking a brief medical history from the patient. As each skin is different and every problem is special the Dermatologist will tell you which chemical peeling is suitable for you and give you instructions on how to recover.
Α. The duration of its effect depends on the level of peeling action on the skin structure. But as our skin is exposed to the sun, pollution and time, and since we talk about very superficial peel, 3-5 treatments per year are enough for a very good result.
Α. The duration of the recovery period depends on the level of peeling action on the skin structure. For the very superficial peeling, a mild redness will appear in the application area immediately after treatment and there will be a small extent exfoliation in the next 3-4 days. The Dermatologist’s instructions for recovery are essential for adequate regeneration, hydration and sunscreen protection of the skin.
Α. Chemical peeling treatment is contraindicated for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, people with open wounds and people with dermatological conditions.
Α. The best time is after the summer. Exposure to sun should be avoided and the use of a sunscreen with a high protection factor is recommended.