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Glycolic skin peel

If you want to accelerate skin rejuvenation, this is the perfect weather for it. You can opt for clinical vegetable peel treatments to remove the strains of age and stress from your face or chemical peels to accelerate exfoliation.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 23, 2010 23:22 IST
Dr Shehla Agarwal

If you want to accelerate skin rejuvenation, this is the perfect weather for it. You can opt for clinical vegetable peel treatments to remove the strains of age and stress from your face or chemical peels to accelerate exfoliation.

These are not a substitute for mechanical exfoliation methods like scrubs and peel-off masks.

Peels are needed to counter excessive exposure to sun, stress, air-borne chemicals and skin ailments such as acne. Menopausal women with lowered skin elasticity and people with thyroid imbalance that leads to dull skin also benefit from peels.

Vegetables and fruits have alpha and beta hydroxyacids (AHAs and BHAs), which, when applied on the skin in the right concentration by a dermatologist, increase the blood flow to skin and help create cells. Also known as “fruity acids”, many of these peels are derived from fruits, such as glycolic acid (sugarcane), lactic acid (sour milk), citric acid (citrus fruit), malic acid (apples) and tartaric acid (grapes).
These acids stimulate epidermal growth through removal of the stratum corneum, which is the top layer of the skin. This induces production of new collagen and ground substance in the dermis.

Chemical peeling is the process of applying these AHAs to the skin to remove top layer. After cleaning the face, the peeling agent is applied in a specific concentration for specific time and then washed off. Within 24 hours, new cells take their place and make the skin appear supple.
Peel with caution
Peeling may cause slight redness but there is no pain. In untrained hands, however, peels can cause damage and pigmentation on brown skin.

After treatment, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 24 hours and excessive make-up to prevent patchiness. Multiple treatments at an interval of two to three weeks are needed to get a youthful look.
Peels are very safe in expert hands but the procedure should not be treated as a facial. You have to be committed for the post-peel protection regimen. Also, excessive peeling can make your skin sensitive when you are older.
The choice of peel, physician, expertise and realistic expectations are critical to achieving the desired results

Dr Shehla Agarwal is a senior
consultant dermatologist and
director of the Mehak Skin Clinic
at Sarvodaya Enclave