Chemical Skin Peels
It has been known for a long time that superficial burning of facial skin can have a rejuvenating effect. In its current form superficial burning of facial skin using chemicals has been used for over one hundred years.
There are many different agents used for chemical peeling, from mild to severe. The best known of the mild peeling agents are so-called fruit acids, such as glycolic acid. Because of their mild action they can only disrupt the most superficial layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. The effect on the skin is very mild and short-term.
The most profound changes in the skin can be achieved by so-called phenol peels. However, the effect is not due to phenol but a substance called croton oil. This peel is only indicated for some cases of severe wrinkling where surgery cannot offer profound improvement. This type of peeling is a more advanced procedure requiring local anaesthetic and sedation, and recovery of at least two weeks.
Before and After Gallery
Before and after chemical peel.