A chemical peel is a technique that is used to improve the appearance and the texture of the skin. Chemical peel treatments are done using chemical solutions. There are different kinds of chemical peels that are used depending on the treatment needs. A light chemical peel is the one which is mostly used to treat acne and acne scars.
A light chemical peel is a superficial chemical peel as it acts only on the surface of the skin. Since it is a superficial chemical peel, it generally does not take too long to get done. Some people also call the light chemical peel a “lunch time peel,” due to the short duration of the procedure.
Light chemical peels are also known as AHA peels. AHA basically means alpha hydroxy acids. Acids such as lactic acid chemical peel and glycolic acid chemical peel fall under this category. Most light chemical peels use these AHAs in various concentrations, depending on the actual need.
A lactic acid chemical peel is most suitable for individuals with a sensitive skin. The glycolic acid chemical peel can be more effective in treating a wider variety of skin conditions; however, may not be suitable for individuals who have a sensitive skin. Both lactic acid and glycolic acid peels are suitable to treat acne conditions.
The light chemical peel helps to control acne by very quickly exfoliating the skin. This causes the dead cells on the skin to start shedding quicker than they normally would. Acne is basically caused when the follicles are blocked by excess oil and dead skin. A light chemical peel not only removes the excess oil but also the dead skin, which helps to control acne.
The face is first cleansed before the light chemical peel is performed. An AHA peel, which could either be a lactic acid or glycolic acid, is then applied to the face. The peel is left on the face for almost 10 minutes before it is removed with a neutralizing agent and cold water.
Side effects of a light chemical peel. The AHA light chemical peel does have some minor side effects, such as redness of the skin after the peel and stinging sensation during the procedure. The redness usually disappears in a few hours after the peel.
A light chemical peel is also done using salicylic acid, which is a beta hydroxy acid. Salicylic acid peels may not cause as much irritation as an AHA peel.
In addition to treating acne conditions, a light chemical peel is also used to treat fine wrinkles and minor skin pigmentation problems.
It is important to inform the dermatologist or plastic surgeon about any medication that you may be already taking before going in for any chemical peel.