When it comes to fighting the signs of ageing, there are a number of treatments and options available. From dermal fillers to anti-wrinkle treatments, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and maintaining a youthful appearance is easier than ever. Chemical peels can also be beneficial, smoothing fine lines and rejuvenating your skin. But all of these aesthetic treatments should only be implemented by a trained professional, in a clinical setting. This is because of the associated risks to your health, that can be long lasting. Chemical peels might sound like one of the safest procedures to try, but this is absolutely not the case. Here at The Skin And Wellbeing Clinic, we are Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners. And we offer a range of professional, high quality procedures including dermal fillers and chemical peels. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about the risks of at home chemical peels.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure that involves applying a lightly acidic chemical to the face for a set period of time, and then removing this. When removing the acid, all of the dead skin cells and debris on the outer layer of the skin will also be removed, triggering a deep exfoliation process. Different chemical peels combine different ingredients and chemicals to target different layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels should only ever be carried out by qualified professionals, like us here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.
What are the risks of at home chemical peels?
So, why should you avoid DIY chemical peels, or applying your own chemical peel at home? Well, there are a number of reasons, including:
- The risk of third degree burns – applying chemicals and acids to the face is always a risk. In a controlled, sterile, clinical environment, with registered professionals, the risk is reduced, but not completely removed. At home, it’s likely that you could purchase the wrong type of chemical, or medical grade chemicals, and if these are applied to the skin they will start to burn immediately. In fact, third degree burns are not uncommon for people to experience when attempting at home chemical peels.
- Timings are crucial – as well as the risk of applying chemicals that are simply too strong for the face, there is also the issue of timing. When a chemical peel is applied, it is vital that this is not left on for too long. Without training in this field, it is likely that you won’t get accurate timings, and you will either remove the chemicals too soon or too late. Removing the chemicals too soon will mean that you wont get the results you were hoping for, while removing the chemicals too late can cause lasting tissue damage to the face.
For more information or advice, or for any of our professional, high quality services, why not get in touch with the team today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic?