Medium Chemical Peel
The medium chemical peel reaches the upper part of dermis.
The suitable candidates (peel benefits)for the medium peel includes
- the acne scar,
- uneven skin tone.
The chemical used for this peel includes
- TCA, and
- sometimes TCA used together with glycolic acid.
- The TCA used is not so concentrated, but instead a more concentrated glycolic acid.
The peel reaches the upper layers of dermis and together peel off the epidermis (which is only considered a light chemical peel) as well.
Another medium peel benefit is it brings abut blemish removal to create a fairer snow-white, silky smooth skin.
Medium Chemical Peel
- No prior skin preparation is required other than just do a simple cleansing of face with a gentle cleanser.
- Remove all makeup and foundation if there is any using makeup remver. Face is cleansed.
- The chemical is then gently brushed and applied over the face and kept there for a couple of minutes, usually for about 3-5 minutes.
- Some tingling sensation may start to be felt. The treated area then starts to turn whitish grey colour.
- The end point is achieved with greyish coloration on the skin, also called frosting.
- It is time to neutralise the chemical by using a cold water or saline compress, by washing or spraying.
- The skin turns reddish or brownish for couple of days after the peel. It may take up to 6 weeks before the skin colour will normalise.
- The peel can be repeated to maintain the rejuvenated skin appearance every few months, say 3-6 monthly.
Risk of medium chemical peel
- The use of TCA can cause redness, stinging sensation and skin crusting.
- The chemical will not bleach the skin, you can see some lightening, skin whitening. One is required to stay away from sun exposure (MOST IMPORTANT POST PEEL CARE) to protect the new skin for several months. Use sunscreen for the protection. And stay in shaded area or use umbrella.
- Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, PIH, may result when the skin produce excessive amount of pigment, melanin, causing a brownish coloration and blotchy skin.
- This is so despite using a sunscreen. Mostly it is a self-limiting problem that will clears over a couple of months.
- Permanent scaring (which is more likely to be complication of deep chemical peel) is not often seen so long the protocol is followed.
- Erythema, also called redness, after the peel is very normal, will last a few months before it disappear by itself as a natural course.