Peeling: Symptoms and Treatment

Factors to consider

Peels are performed to improve the appearance and structure of skin damaged by the development of aging, acne or excess pigmentation. In the course of its application the symptom that we will notice will be a slight itching and stinging sensation tolerable that will disappear after the neutralization of the acid.

After a peeling our skin will present a situation of tightness, redness and slight inflammation. Depending on the depth at which the peel is applied, a certain degree of desquamation may be observed. After a few hours these symptoms will disappear.

Currently, people who should avoid undergoing an ac glycolic peel are those who have: herpes, warts, open wounds, a history of hypertrophic and keloid scars or who have undergone cryotherapy or surgery. Even so, it will always be the physician who decides. Age is not an aspect to take into account, but the state of the skin, since this treatment is the best solution for young people with acne or hyperpigmentation problems.

The effectiveness is not always the same in all cases. The results always depend on the initial state of the skin. However, even if the skin is very damaged, visible effects will always be achieved. The number of peelings applied is usually eight to ten, with an interval between them of 1 to 6 weeks. However, there is no limit to the number of sessions and in the case of superficial peels, they can be applied to any area of the skin.

Peeling application

In the application of this treatment, theory and practice are always linked. The success of the peeling is conditioned by the mastery of the technical and human parameters that guarantee the patient’s satisfaction and, therefore, only a specialist in the field should perform it. On the other hand, there are peels that can be used by non-medical personnel as in the case of cosmetic peels, on the contrary.

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Peelings can be accompanied by other types of treatments, which will support and enhance the effects of different techniques such as laser and infiltrations among others. Another aspect to take into account is the seasons of the year. Autumn, winter and spring are the most recommended periods, although nowadays, due to the technological revolution, there are last generation peelings that can be administered in the middle of the summer season and without causing any damage to the skin.

One consideration is to wait up to 24 hours before applying make-up to the area, although this should always be evaluated according to the type of peeling performed in the area. Another aspect is its difference with laser. The latter procedure goes deeper into the skin, requiring a longer recovery time. On the other hand, the effects of peeling are more progressive and do not entail the loss of working days.

It should be noted that the use of medical peelings rarely ends with a single session. In addition, during the course of the treatment the patient will be subjected to the social aesthetic stress caused by the skin change (it varies depending on the type of peel and the treatment). During their development, acne regrowth may occur, hyperpigmentation and irritation of the skin tissue may appear, among others, which were previously imperceptible to the human eye, but were latent in the skin. These elements do not prevent an optimal result; for this reason it is difficult to foresee the number of sessions required in each case. The care that the patient takes at home and in their daily tasks is essential for the treatment to be one hundred percent effective.