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Is a chemical peel right for you?

13rd April 2015

For many people suffering with severe facial acne, a chemical peel can seem like a fast and effective way to combat problem skin. A chemical substance is applied to the skin on the face by a licenced professional, which leads to controlled blistering and the shedding of skin to reveal a new, fresh, healthy layer underneath. This treatment can not only help with acne, but also with wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, freckles, age spots, and even scarring. But is applying a harsh chemical directly to your skin really such a smart idea?

The entire process, when undergone in a safe and trusted facility, is always carried out under the supervision of an experienced professional, but the importance of ensuring that you have the go-ahead from a dermatologist is essential.

The complications of chemical peels can include infection, scarring, serious discolouration, and even herpes. We always urge that anybody considering a chemical peel should undergo a professional dermatological consultation to establish suitability and to avoid any side effects that may occur as a result of a poor screening process or even unknown allergies.

A chemical peel is often regarded as a surgical procedure, despite the fact that it does not involve any incision or invasive methods. The decision should not be made lightly, and some candidates are much better suited to the process than others. As a general rule, those with fair skin and hair will often see fantastic results, with acne and wrinkles significantly reduced. Darker skinned individuals can also receive amazing results and gorgeous clear skin, but it is advisable to meet with a qualified dermatologist to determine your suitability and individual needs.

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