Our skin is created from millions of cells; old dead skin cells will be naturally superseded by new ones every day. But with age and the influences of pollution and lifestyle, the pace of cell regeneration slows down by degrees, which leads to the gathering of dead cells on the skin’s surface. This is why your skin is rendered patchy, pigmented and dull.

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The chemical peel is a non-invasive skin therapy used to renew the tissue and improve pigmentation, wrinkles and dark splashes induced by pollutants, aging or exposure to direct sunlight.

Studies from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that chemical peel methods have been one of the highest popularity ratings in the listing of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Even though the idea of blanketing the surface of your skin with a layer of acid sounds fun, the outcomes are so impressive that many men and women are irresistibly hooked.

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Side effects of this therapy depend on the strength of the peel and may involve itching, redness, increased sun sensitivity, crusting, allergic or irritant reactions, impermanent discomfort, pigmentation, and scarring.

After a chemical peel, the skin is briefly more sensitive to the sun, for that reason, you’d better wear sunscreens when you go outside. You are also encouraged to avoid exposure to bright sunlight for at least two weeks on end. The results of a peel will come along anywhere from two to six weeks hinging on the sort of peel and your post-peel skin care regimen. The standard frequency of this method is determined by your age.

Mask or peel?

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Recently, the popularity of face masks continues to rise which has had a hand in the misconception that it is similar to the chemical peel. A face mask is not a medical product; it’s a cosmetic one.

The ingredients of a mask are rather different and it’s quite necessary to keep in mind that macro-molecules, often found in masks, don’t permeate through the skin. Even if face masks were supposed to hold glycolic acid or some other important ingredients,  they would be present in rather mild doses. Technically, most doctors recommend that you should stay away from do-it-yourself chemical peels.