AHA Peel: What You Need To Know About AHA Peels
An AHA peel is one of the mildest of the chemical peels which makes it suitable for people who cannot wait for the recovery time necessary in stronger peels.
A chemical peel involves the peeling off of the skin using a chemical solution which removes the outer layers taking with it rough scaly patches and any other skin imperfections such as acne scars or brown spots.
This type of facial peel will generally take 15 minutes to refresh your skin and give it a fresh glow.
Before having a chemical acid peel you’ll probably be required to take one month’s pre-treatment of say Retina A or Hydroquinone. Men are asked to refrain from shaving for at least 24 hours prior to treatment.
AHA peels are quick and safe and work well on skin conditions such as acne, but it’s always wise to consult with your doctor to discuss the treatment and ask him/her any questions which may be bothering you.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with acetone or a similar cleanser. The acid is then applied and will be monitored throughout the procedure. If there’s any discomfort, i.e., burning sensation or stinging, then a cold pack may be applied. However, as an AHA peel is one of the mildest of all the treatments available, this is unlikely to happen
Once the treatment is finished the face is rinsed with cold water. This treatment can be repeated weekly or monthly until the desired effect is achieved.
There are obviously fewer side effects with a mild chemical peel, but this will also depend upon the sensitivity of your skin.
There may be some redness or slight swelling and some flaking may occur. This can be treated with Vaseline, or a mild anti bacteria cream. As the skin adjusts to the treatments however, these side effects will subside.
An AHA peel will produce smoother, brighter looking skin and can be a valuable means of successfully treating acne.
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