Dermatologist Dr. Nokubonga Khoza Explains Why You Should Consider Facial Chemical Peels To Treat Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Patches, Acne & Acne Scarring & Skin Ageing

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No one has perfect skin. We learn to live with our flaws and some of them even become part of the little quirks we consider friendly, making us who we are. On other occasions, however, these quirks can hamper our quality of life as a result of poor self-esteem and the time and energy devoted to fighting the problem can become overwhelming

Fortunately, we live in a time where many fantastic medical treatments are being developed as a result of science. Looking younger and removing unwanted imperfections finds its answer in the form of a chemical peel, a process in which exfoliation is achieved faster and more efficiently, while the skin is given the basics it needs to rebuild itself stronger and healthier than before. 

“When you have the right mix for the right patient combined with a great skin care regimen at home, chemical peels become fantastic treatments. They’re effective for many cutaneous conditions while rejuvenating the skin. It all lies in choosing the right peel and in applying the correct ingredients to the skin.” Dr Nokubonga Khoza

The Perfect Peel Solutions

Nowadays mostly superficial and medium peels are offered. However, with every peel I usually perform a routine skin consultation and choose a relevant peel keeping in mind your skin type, skin needs, and underlying medical conditions. Thanks to the wonderful advances in dermatology like the use of lasers, the need for deep chemical peels are far reduced. I do not recommend deep chemical peels because of the potential side effects, the down time, and as mentioned, there are other treatments that can offer the same benefits without the risks.

What Benefits Can A Superficial And A Medium Peel Offer You?

  1. Anti-ageing: Removing dead skin cells leaves the skin room to absorb moisture better and increasing collagen production.
  2. Acne and acne scarring can both be alleviated with the correct chemical peel mixture.
  3. Hereditary eye shadows can be reduced greatly with the correct application of a gentle mix.
  4. Uneven skin tone and dark patches caused by the sun and by hormonal changes can unfortunately not be cured or removed, but greatly helped. A mixture of sun protective products with chemical peel treatments can assist.

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Superficial Peel

Also known as a lunchtime peel, this treatment is quick and can be done fairly often (as advised by your doctor based on a consultation). It will penetrate only the outer layer of the skin, providing a gentle exfoliation, lifting away the dead cells. This peel will refresh the face, neck, hands, or chest. It’s a wonderful way to reduce mild skin discolorations and it smoothens rough skin. It is done using a mild acid, like alpha-hydroxy acid in combination with acne and Pigmentation treatments. Generally, as standard protocol, I combine peels with medical treatments to accelerate results when treating skin conditions like acne and skin pigmentation.

Medium Peel

This peel will reduce freckles and some skin discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles, while it improves age spots. It’s sometimes used to treat precancerous skin cells and smoothens rough skin. Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is used in this peel. The results are more dramatic than a superficial peel, without the challenging recovery time that comes with a deep peel, it brings you the best of both worlds. The chemical solution used in the treatment is customized to suit each individual’s needs, stripping away old, damaged and dead skin cells.

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Regardless of which chemical peel is best suited to your needs, your skin will be revitalized, giving you the confidence to show the world who you truly are. Recovery time is brief and fairly easy and side effects are rare if the patient follows the doctor’s instructions during recovery time.

Dr Nokubonga Khoza, is a specialist dermatologist practicing in Durban. She offers comprehensive care on all skin, hair and nail diseases in both children and adults. Her practice focuses on hair-loss, pigmentation and cosmetic procedures in ethnic/dark skinned individuals.

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