For patients with many facial actinic keratoses, a recommended treatment is a Chemical Peel using trichloroacetic acid which treats pre-cancerous actinic keratosis and reduces the amount of subsequent lesions.
A gel-like structure is formed by the mixture of chemicals utilized on the technique called chemical peel. This kind of medical technique is for diminishing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin so that there will no longer be fine lines and blemishes, lightening of the dark spots of the skin, removal of circles around the eyes, diminishing of puffiness, as well as skin tightening and skin smoothening.
There are different chemicals that are used on the skin during a chemical peel treatment. Common derivatives of these chemicals are sugar cane, vinegar, and certain fruits. Three chemical peels treatment in intervals of one month is recommended by skin experts for maximum effect.
The three main type of chemical peels are classified according to the skin type, skin color and the condition that necessitates treatment for the patient. The three main types of chemical peels are superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels.
Superficial chemical face peels are the mildest among all types of chemical peels. Besides ice solid carbon dioxide, dilute acid and glycolic acid are often used.
The second type of chemical face peel is called medium chemical face peels which penetrate deeper than how superficial chemical face peels do. Burn of second degree is usually evident on the skin because of this treatment. Its main agent is called trichloroacetic acid, but other solutions may be used before using trichloroacetic acid.
Lastly, deep chemical face peels go through many layers of the skin causing a second degree burn. These are only used on the face as these are the strongest and most effective for bleaching darker skin.
Even though there are good effects when it comes to chemical face peels, there are also issues that are attributed on this kind of treatment. Always take note that the deep chemical face peels must only be for the worst kinds of skin diseases.
There are certainly disadvantages when it comes to using chemical face peels. First of all, there is a usual excessive peeling of the skin especially with medium chemical face peels and deep chemical face peels. The skin may be reddish caused by the peeling sensation that can be typically experience when one undergoes chemical peels. For the initial application, there is a stinging sensation that cannot be taken for granted. Although temporary, numbness can be felt apart from having crusting of the skin.
One more thing that patients of chemical face peels may consider as problem is their keeping away from the sun because of their sensitive skin. The price may also be treated as a problem especially by those who may find the cost of these treatments to be outside of their budgets.