Chemical peeling, for and against which many women are worried, is a popular cosmetic procedure for cleansing the epidermis, which allows to improve complexion, smooth wrinkles and tighten skin. In addition to these undoubted advantages, there are some disadvantages.
Pros of the procedure
Chemical peeling acts on the skin with an acidic composition, and a slight chemical burn occurs. The entire cleansing process is completely controlled by the beautician. The procedure is aimed at the maximum removal of the upper layers of the epidermis from hardened cells, excessive sebaceous secretion and dirt.
Advantages of the chemical procedure:
- Cleansing the skin of keratinized epidermal cells. The acid composition helps soften dead skin cells, which helps to easily remove them. Thanks to the elimination of polluting elements, the face relief is leveled and its natural color is restored.
- Normalization of the sebaceous glands. Chemical cleansing is often recommended for women with oily skin, because the procedure helps to free the sebaceous glands from sebum, contributes to their effective functioning and narrowing of the pores. The procedure reduces fat content and prevents the appearance of acne, restoring natural beauty.
- Wrinkle smoothing. Updating the upper layer of the epidermis with acids allows you to achieve a rejuvenating effect. The active recovery process affects the enhanced production of collagen and elastin by the cells, which are responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin. Thanks to the procedure, wrinkles are smoothed out.
- Elimination of skin defects. The procedure is often used to treat scars, scars and post-acne. In addition, peeling allows you to get rid of pigmentation. Experts attribute this to the fact that the pigment melanin is reproduced in the upper layers of the skin, which are rapidly updated under the influence of chemical cleansing.
The disadvantages of the procedure
Peeling, like any cosmetic procedure, has some contraindications for use, which can cause health problems.
Chemical peeling does not lead to negative consequences if the protocol of the procedure is strictly followed and in the absence of contraindications.
However, it is important to remember that the peculiarity of purification with an acidic composition is that post-peeling reactions are always present.
Cons of chemical purification:
- Discomfort During the procedure, the upper layer of the epidermis is exposed to acids, as a result, the patient may experience burning, tingling or pricking. A feeling of discomfort is inherent even to the mildest chemical composition.
- Redness. When peeling, redness may occur, which can last a fairly long period (up to several weeks), especially if the skin is highly sensitive.
- Getting a burn. With a chemical procedure, a burn is formed on the face. Often this is accompanied by the appearance of a crust. In this case, the specialist should give detailed recommendations for facial skin care.
- Peeling skin. After peeling, the epidermis begins to exfoliate – this is the natural course of the procedure. Dryness usually occurs in the first week after exposure to acids. The process of peeling cannot be avoided, it is an integral part of chemical peeling. During this period, it is necessary to constantly moisturize dry skin.
- Sensitivity to sun exposure. After the procedure, the face should be protected from sunlight. This is due primarily to the risk of age spots. Chemical purification is recommended to be used during the period of the least solar activity – in the fall or in the winter. To protect the face from problem manifestations, use sunscreen.
Chemical peels, the pros and cons of which must be weighed, can effectively cleanse the skin. The composition with acids destroys the hardened epidermis and starts the regeneration process, during which the formation of new healthy cells occurs. This helps to correct the effects of biological aging and eliminate some skin defects.