Chemical peels are a popular treatment option for people with all manner of skin complaints and issues. And as such, there are a wide range of chemical peel products to choose from, containing different active ingredients, and exfoliating the skin at different levels of the epidermis. Because of this, some chemical peels can be used very effectively to treat melasma. But what is this? And how can chemical peels help? Well, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic, we are Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners. And we offer a range of high quality aesthetic treatments and procedures, including chemical peels, dermaplaning and dermal fillers. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about using a chemical peel to treat melasma.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure that involves applying a specific substance to the face, which has a slightly acidic pH. This peel allows the body to shed the outer skin cells allowing the facial skin to fully rejuvenate and promoting the growth of new skin cells.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a skin condition that causes patches of skin that are brown, grey or heavily freckled. This often occurs because of the overproduction of the cells that determine skin colour. Overexposure to the sun can cause any melasma patches to become more visible, but genetics and hormones also play a role in this.
What are the advantages of using chemical peels to treat Melasma?
There are a number of benefits and advantages to using chemical peels to treat melasma. These advantages include:
- Rejuvenating the skin – typically the discoloured skin patches only affect the outer layers of skin, and this means that chemical peels can be the perfect treatment. Chemical peels help the body to shed the top layers of skin allowing new skin cells to replace these. Most importantly, these new skin cells will not have the same issue of discolouration, so a chemical peel will leave your skin uniform in tone, as well as hydrated, nourished and healthy.
- Low recovery time – a chemical peel has a low recovery time. You can expect some redness after the treatment as the skin works on producing new cells, but this can easily be covered with make-up soon after treatment. Recovery time for this procedure is minimal so you can carry on with your daily routine straight away.
- Nourishing and hydrating skin – there are a wide range of chemical peels to choose from, specifically formulated to help treat melasma. Often, these include other substances and components to help nourish skin cells and stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen within the facial skin for healthier, well nourished, and hydrated skin.
Professional chemical peels
When considering chemical peel treatment for a specific skin issue, such as melasma, it is important to only choose a professional team of qualified and registered aesthetic practitioners. This is because chemical peels can be dangerous when not applied correctly, due to the acidic nature of the chemicals. In fact, the wrong type of chemical peel, applied incorrectly, can actually make the melasma appear worse, and become more noticeable.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.