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Lactic Acid Peels

Cleopatra enhanced her beauty with milk baths, your grandmother always told you to wash your face with milk and cream to get glowing skin. Do you know the mystery ingredient behind the glow? It is Lactic acid.

  • How are Lactic acid peels different from other peels?

A Lactic Acid peel is a chemical peel which features Lactic acid as the main component. Lactic acid is derived from sour milk. The active agent has been isolated and synthesised, and is available in various concentrations and combinations today.

Lactic acid hydrates the skin as it exfoliates, giving a glow to the skin and making it look youthful. A very mild peel, this is suited for even the most sensitive skin types.

  • Do I need a Lactic acic peel?

If you have very dull and dry skin, Lactic peels may the answer!

These peels are suited for the delicate skin around the eyes, so if you have dark circles these peels could be of great help. These peels are great pre party glow treatments as well.

  • How is the Lactic acid peel performed?

A peel is a simple procedure that can be performed as an out patient procedure in the dermatologists office. You may be instructed to avoid using strong creams (like retinoid creams) one to two days before the peel.

On the day of the peel, usually a consultation with the dermatologist is scheduled. After consultation with the dermatologist in order to ascertain your skin type, and the correct concentration and chemical peeling agent to be used, a informed consent is taken. Pre procedure photographs are taken. The skin is cleansed with a soap free cleanser. Then, the Glycolic acid is applied to the skin by the dermatologist. The peeling agent is left on for a predetermined time (usually 5-10 mins) and neutralised thereafter. During the procedure, most patients experience a mild warmth or mild stinging sensation. A post peel balm and sunscreen are then applied. (video of a peel)

  • What is the after care?

Do use a ph, balanced soap free face wash and 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.

  • I have really sensitive skin. But I want a glow on my skin, it is always looking dry. What peel can help?

If you have really sensitive skin, then it is ideal to meet your dermatologist who can help diagnose and treat the cause of your sensitivity. Though Lactic peels are generally very safe in the hands of an experienced doctor, make sure to consult your dermatologist so they can suggest the personalised treatment options for you. Speak to Dr. Rasya Dixit to know more about Lactic Acid 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.

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