Beauty is only skin deep, and with advances in technology, getting younger-looking skin and doing away with blemishes is within reach of most people. A chemical peel is a procedure that can effectively improve a lot of skin conditions – fine lines and wrinkling, age spots, freckles and other blemishes, acne scars and sun-damaged skin can be removed with this novel procedure. Although not a cure-all, chemical peels make your skin look younger, smoother and fresher than before. Before you go on and have one done, make sure you keep in mind the following the right tips in choosing an affordable chemical peel.
1. Choose the peel that’s right for you. There are four main types of chemical peel available. They all have different levels of effectiveness and their own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a rundown of the four kinds of chemical peel:
- AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). AHA peel is known as the “lunchtime peel”, and this is the mildest chemical peel that available for you too choose from. The procedure uses chemicals that are made with sugar derivatives, such as fruit acids, lactic acid and glycolic acid. This procedure is performed by dermatologists at the outpatient clinics, and is so simple, you can sometimes leave within the hour! The skin takes only a few hours to heal, leaving behind smoother, tighter, better toned skin than before.
- BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids). BHA chemical peels are just like AHA peels except that BHA peels are oil soluble. This way, the procedure not only cleans the skin but it also simultaneously gets rid of bacteria. Bacteria-harboring sebum, oil and dead skins cells are sloughed off, making the procedure perfect for patient suffering from bacteria-induced conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and acne.
- TCA (Trichloaroacetic Acid). TCA is a medium peel that penetrates slightly deeper than the previous two. This allows it to have greater effects, which also last longer, solving a wider variety of skin problems. Acne, freckles, pigmentation problems, sun damage, scars and the signs of aging can all be done away with TCA peels. Their disadvantage is that they may take several weeks to fully heal.
- Phenol Peels. These are the deepest and most dangerous of all chemical peels. They actually remove the top layers of skin and cleanse even up to the deeper layers. However because of their depth of penetration, the chemicals cross the skin barrier into the blood stream and they have been known to cause heart problems. Healing lasts over the span of several weeks, and this is not a popular procedure.
2. Purchase a home kit. This is the most affordable option for those on a limited budget. They are not as effective as surgical peels, but they can also help you improve the tone of your skin.
3. Try medical tourism. If getting a skin peel is too expensive where you live, consider having the procedure done abroad, where medical expenses are not as heavy as they are locally. Countries like the Philippines offer well-trained and highly qualified cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists who can give you the same quality of care you would at home.
Remember to always inquire. As much as possible, get quotes from as many sources as possible to find the clinic that will give you the most bang for your buck. Online searches and queries make sure you can do all this research from the comfort of your home.