Now is the perfect time for a facial peel, in winter the skin can appear dull and ashy in appearance. Facial peels are a great way to rejuvenate the skin to reveal younger looking more radiant skin. Vegetable peel facials offer the same benefits as other chemical treatments like microdermabrasion. All facial scrubs and chemical peels can be used in combination with at-home methods like peel off masks.

Facial peels can repair damage to the skin caused by air pollution or overexposure to the sun. People who benefit the most from chemical peel treatments are those with mild to moderate acne, certain thyroid conditions which may cause a dull complexion. Menopausal women also benefit greatly from chemical peels to counteract the lax or sagging skin that occurs during menopause.

Chemical peels use glycolic acid as an exfoliating agent to chemically remove surface dead skin cells and improve the texture of facial skin. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) are often used in chemical peel treatments. AHA and BHA are acids that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. There are other acids that can be used in chemical peels that are derived from natural sources such sour milk- it produces lactic acid which was used as a beauty treatment by the Egyptians. AHA is the most popular because of its molecular structure; it can penetrate the pore and remove the dead skin cells to accelerate the exfoliation process. Glycolic acid stimulates collagen growth and does not cause any visible peeling. Chemical peels should only be performed by a licensed dermatologist. Only your dermatologist knows the proper concentration of glycolic acid to apply to improve the appearance of the skin.

During the chemical peel process, AHA is the form of glycolic acid is applied directly to the skin. The face is prepared for the treatment by using a pre-peel cleanser. The glycolic acid should only be left on the skin for a few minutes.

You must use sunscreen for 2-4 days following treatment and you should avoid intense sunlight. You may start to wear make-up, 24 hours after treatment. Treatment may consist of a series of acids peels for an interval of three to six weeks to achieve total skin rejuvenation.

Follow all instructions by your dermatologist and if you experience any side effects after a chemical peel, such as brown discoloration of the skin. Contact your dermatologist immediately.

Acne scars can often leave a person feeling self-conscious and unattractive, inhibiting their behaviour and self-expression in many ways, but with the number of surgical and cosmetic treatments available, it’s possible to feel beautiful and self-confident again.

The best type of treatment depends on the types of scars and the available cosmetologists in your area.

Essentially, there are three distinct types of treatment.

The first type of treatment for acne scars is resurfacing both the scars and the surrounding skin. Using procedures like chemical peel treatments, an exoderm lift, laser resurfacing, and cry slush superficial acne scars can be abraded.

A chemical peel treats shallow scars by using chemicals like resorcinol, tretinoin, lactic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, tricholacetic acid, and glycolic acid to peel away the old skin. Depending on the extent of acne scarring, the chemical peels may be mild, moderate, or deep. With the old skin removed, new skin, free of acne scars, can grow in its place.

An exoderm lift has to be done by a reputable cosmetologist otherwise it can result in permanently scarring the face. Alternatively, if performed expertly, it can create a dramatic change, removing hypertropic and deep acne scars. Unlike a chemical peel, which uses only a single chemical, this procedure uses a precise combination of 12 different chemicals and oils.

Laser resurfacing treats superficial and moderately deep acne scars by resurfacing and augmenting skin tissue through laser ablation and fractional laser.

Finally, cryoslush, also known as cryo-peeling, uses carbon dioxide to peel away scar tissue.

The second type of treatment for acne scars is filling in the depressions created by the scar. By smoothing over the sides of the skin that create the depression, scars are less noticeable. Injected dermal fillers can raise the scar to the surface of the skin, thus removing the depression in the skin.
And the of third type of treatment for acne scars is using surgery to correct the scars using procedures like dermabrasion, needle subcision, and acne scar revision.

Dermaabrasion can be used for shallow to deep scars, as well as hypertropic ones. The skin is abraded using a high speed rotating brush with either an aluminium oxide crystal or a diamond tip.

Needle subcision works on each scar separately, cutting off the fibrous tissue beneath depressed scars and bringing them up to the surface.

Finally acne scar revision works on each scar individually using the best treatment for that scar like graft or excision or subcision.