For many of us, those little holes on our faces known as pores are little more than an unsightly nuisance. But aside from blemishing our complexions, they do serve a purpose: pores house a hair follicle and sebaceous gland and serve as a gateway for sebum, our skin’s natural oil. “A pore is just a route or a channel for these things to reach the skin’s surface,” say our Nexus doctors.
While the size of our pores is largely determined by genetics, some pores tend to be bigger than others because of the size of the hair follicle and oil gland. Poor hygiene and the resulting dirt, oil and dead skin cells that often build up can also make pores look bigger. “Pores are generally clogged with sebum and dead skin cells, which naturally slough off from the side of the pore,” claim our doctors from Nexus Clinic. “If a pore becomes clogged, that will temporarily stretch the pore and make it more apparent.”
When Is Chemical Peel Used?
Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. Chemical peel is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.
Chemical peel restores wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented or sun-damaged facial skin using a chemical solution to peel away the skin’s top layers. It works best on fair skin.
Superficial epidermal peels (chemical peels) such as Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) exfoliate the upper layer of the epidermis. The more moderate deeper peels such as TCA penetrate slightly deeper.
Active Acne peels are Beta-Hydroxy Salicylic Acid peels. They are safe even in darker skin patients.
Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons — to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Chemical peel may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne.
What is the Peel Time in Chemical Peel?
Chemical peel takes about 30 minutes for the whole face.
Does Chemical Peel Require Anesthesia?
No anesthesia is required for this procedure. This is an outpatient procedure.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Chemical Peel?
Patients may experience temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness or an acute sensitivity to the sun.
What Are the Possible Complications of Chemical Peel?
Tiny whiteheads may appear temporarily, as well as infection, scarring, flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores but all these complications are rare. Skin color lightening is another potential complication of chemical peel.
How Long Is the Downtime After a Chemical Peel in Nexus Clinic?
There is no downtime associated with the Glycolic Peel. The TCA peel has a recommended downtime of one to seven days. Formation of new skin occurs within seven to 21 days. Patients can resume normal activities in two to four weeks.
How Long Is the Duration of Results After a Chemical Peel ?
Chemical peel is a permanent procedure, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages.
What can I expect after the chemical peel treatment?
After a Chemical peel, it is common to experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. However, these conditions will disappear as the skin adjusts to treatment, usually within one week.
Improvements from Skin peels may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.
2-4 peels are recommended for a single cycle but this is variable depending on the patient’s condition and the desired outcome. Our doctor will recommend a suitable number of peels in order to obtain optimal results, with each session 4 weeks apart. Avoid overexposure to the sun and apply sunscreen lotion, and use your moisturizer for up to 1 week or until skin is not sensitive anymore.