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Its very popular skin treatment used to lighten skin tone and reduce pigmentation. Variety of Peeling solutions are available for Dermatologist to choose for different skin problems.

Chemical peels usually take only 15-20 minutes to do on face and neck. Depending Upon the strength and depth of peel skin usually recovers in 2-5 days. As the name states, It peels off dead skin layers from surface to reveal newer and fresher skin from beneath.

Depending on the depth of penetration and Number of layers peeled , Peels can be Superficial, medium depth or deep peels. In Indian population, we prefer superficial and medium depth peels only as deep peels can cause Depigmentation i.e. white patches.

Depending on their properties, peels can be Alpha hydroxy or Beta hydroxy peels. Glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, Modified Jesserner’s solution, Lactic acid, Trichloroacetic acid peels are amongst the popular ones.

Chemical peels are commonly used

  • To reduce Tanning of any body part
  • To Treat Pimples and dark spots
  • To reduce pigmentation on face and neck
  • To lighten Freckels and Melasma

But Chemical peels can hydrate and moisturize the skin to give Instant glow when coupled with Skin polishing or Carbon  peeling. Glycolic peels can improve the thickness of skin and stimulate new collagen formation. They are very good anti ageing Treatment done every month.

Few Myths about peels

  • It makes skin thin and sensitive
  • Skin gets red after peeling
  • You have to stay indoors

These are wrong facts. Skin needs to be moisturized and sun protected after any skin treatment, even Parlor Facials. If a good sunscreen and moisturizer is used after skin treatments, only good results are achieved.

Also , I strongly recommend not to do Chemical peels or Facials containing fruit peels/ AHA in parlors as there can be untoward effects due to lack of complete knowledge about it.

Happy glowing skin to all!!!


Dr. Shraddha Hemant Sonanis has done her MBBS from TNMC and Nair Hospital, Mumbai. She pursued her post-graduation in Dermatology from Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital Mumbai. She has been practicing Dermatology and Venereology since 2009. She has worked with variuos Lasers and acquired skills in Dermatosurgery. She has 9 Years of experience in Aesthetic Dermatology and Cosmetology. She has worked with renowned Kaya Skin Clinic for 6 Years. Her special interest is in Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Hair loss and Filler treatment. She likes working with new modalities of treatment for various skin disorders. She is skilled in performing aesthetic procedures like Botox, Dermal Fillers, PRP. She is trained in Mesotherapy and PRP treatment for hair loss. She has added USFDA approved Diode Laser for permanent hair reduction in her clinic. She has state of the art lasers for various other skin and hair issues. She devotes time for social causes by taking free check up camps and informative lectures for underpriviledged women and children. She frequently writes in news papers about diseases like vitiligo and leprosy which have social taboo attached to it. She believes that skin care is comprehensive approach including Balanced Diet, Healthy Lifestyle and right products suggested by Dermatologist.

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