The classic yellow onion, revered basic component of good eating, begins its mature life as a harvested vegetable, rescued from dry, dusty garden soil. It began its young adult life as a green onion, fresh, supple, smooth, and already a prized member of the onion clan. But as the onion matures, its skin begins to dry and flake; it is brittle, excessively tanned and, finally, serves only to protect the tender layers of onion beneath from the harsh realities of life in the sun. When harvested, all that is left for the outer skin is to be peeled off, discarded, revealing the youthful onion.
Chemical peeling is a cosmetic skin treatment whose purpose is just like peeling an onion: to remove dead skin, revealing a new, smoother and supple skin beneath. This treatment specifically targets the epidermis, the outer of three major layers comprising the organ we call “skin.” The outer surface of the epidermis consists of dead cells which have migrated slowly from the basal layer. Dead flakes of skin slough off naturally every day. Chemical peels accelerate and intensify the process.
There are several types of chemical peels of which three will be covered. Some are commercially available over the counter and some are administered only by a professional.
Alpha hydroxy acid peels are over-the-counter treatments for application at home. They are very mild and, when mixed with a mild soap or cream cleanser, reduces the dose and can be used daily. Results are immediate to smooth fine lines, but the treatment will not address deep wrinkles.
Retinoic acid treatments are only performed in a professional’s office and will only address skin issues like deep wrinkles with multiple applications. The treatment is left on the face for three days, after which the “peel” is removed. The delay makes this treatment inconvenient, but the results are effective.
A Phenol peel is the most aggressive chemical peel and will treat deep wrinkles in a single treatment. This, too, is performed only by a professional. Results vary, but typical results will last for years after a single treatment. One of the permanent effects is lightening of the skin due to significant reduction of pigmentation.
Complications of peels depend on the depth of a peel and the recovery time. Care should always be taken after a peel session is complete to properly protect the skin from extended exposure to sunlight.
If you need to see a Dermatologist or need skincare treatments in Sydney contact ENT Wellbeing, Call 1300 123 368 Sydney