Combination peels are ready made combination of two or more chemical peels (go back to chemical peel page link). The peels used in the combination usually complement each other, so the combination of two agents delivers a result better than that of any one alone.
For example, a commonly used Combination peel is the Glycolactic peel. In this peel, there is combination of Glycolic acid and Lactic acid. Glycolic acid acts to exfoliate the dead layers of the skin, while Lactic acid moisturises and brightens the skin.
Combination peels also allow your dermatologist to use products which when used alone may be too mild to have an effect. However, when they are added to a combination, these can work on the already treated skin. These agents are usually called Peel Boosters.
Combination peels are usually more effective than regular peels, as they have more than one active agent. This does not mean they are stronger, in fact, the concentrations of the individual agents may actually be lesser than that in a regular peel. The reason that these are more effective is because of the synergistic nature of the treating active agents.
As these peels deliver quicker results, they bring down costs and also help in achieving desired results quickly.
Combination peels are now available to treat various skin conditions, like Acne, Acne scars, Pigmentation due to acne, Darkening of skin due to sun exposure. Combination peels are the treatment of choice for treating the back, arms, hands and feet, where they help to rejuvenate the older skin giving the appearance of younger and smoother skin.
If you have an event scheduled, and not much time to get your skin in shape, then Combination peels may be the safe and effective way to go!
The combination peel treatment you need depends on your skin condition which needs attention. Do visit your dermatologist so that a detailed analysis of your skin can be made, and the best treatment protocol can be personalised for you.
Most patients experience a minimal redness and dryness after the peel which last from a couple of hours to about a day. If a stronger peeling agent has been used, you may experience persistent dryness and exfoliation of the skin which lasts upto five days. Rarely, brown scabs may form, which usually resolve with moisturisation. (peeling after a mid level peel)
Most chemical peels need to be repeated at fortnightly or monthly intervals to give their best results. The result of a single peel may be disappointing, however, even a single peel allows the home care to penetrate the skin better, allowing better results over all. (before after pics)
Do use a good moisturiser to promote healing of the treated skin. Use a broad band sunscreen regularly to prevent any hyperpigmentation or dyspigmentation of the treated skin. Restart treatment creams that have been prescribed after the exfoliation has been completed. Your dermatologist may also recommend vitamin creams or specific blending creams to enhance the results of the peels.
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The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.