Chemical peels

Chemical peels

Matoula clinic | skin & hair medical center

What are chemical peelings?

Chemical peelings are a widespread process, during which chemical solutions (trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, AHA, salicylic acid, mandelic acid, azelaic acid, etc.) are applied to the skin, in order to remove the upper layers, improving the texture of the skin and reducing some of its imperfections.

What are the indications for their application?

  • Dull, tired and dehydrated skin
  • Freckles and other discolorations
  • Melasma
  • Wrinkles, photoaging
  • Acne scars
  • Acne
  • As a preparation before other treatments, with the aim of increasing the duration of their effect

What kind of chemical peeling is suitable for each case and how many sessions are needed?

There are light, medium-depth and deep peelings. The doctor, after discussion and appropriate study planning, will choose what is the appropriate peeling for your case. Depending on the depth of the peeling and the needs of the skin, the number of sessions is also judged, which ranges from only 1 session to 3 or 4 sessions.

Matoula clinic | skin & hair medical center
Chemical peelings

What to expect immediately after treatment and in the following days?

Immediately after that, a mild redness (erythema) is observed in the area of application, which in the coming days becomes slightly brown, mainly in the medium depth or deep peelings and gradually this skin exfoliates for 3-7 days.

In any case, the degree of reaction and peeling depends on the time of treatment and the concentration of the applied chemical agent.

In more superficial peelings with AHA, the initial erythema subsides and the skin looks much more radiant and brighter in the following days, as they are characterized by minimal recovery time.

What are the instructions after treatment with peelings?

The doctor will recommend an intensive nutrition moisturizer or a regenerating cream as well as the use of sunscreen.

Avoiding sun exposure is considered necessary until complete recovery,  3-7 days depending on the type of chemical peeling.