Chemical Peels for Stretch Marks
August 14, 2012 in Skin Health
Hi all! I know I am writing late, I do apologize as I was sick and was in bed for a while.
Now I know I said I would take a deeper look into CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy) next time I write, however I decided that a more interesting topic is chemical peels for stretch marks.
There are many different peels out there, with many, many different acids and formulas and combinations. Popular chemical acids are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Glycolic Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid, Trichloracetic Acid, Phenol Acid, Salicylic acid, Phytic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Hydroxypropionic Acid. These target a range of different skin problems, such as acne, sun spots, wrinkles, lax skin and poor skin tone. Very popular to use on the face, neck and décolleté for anti ageing and acne. Some before and after photos (of the face):
It is not that widely known, though, that you can peel a scar to reduce it’s appearance. What is even lesser known, is that peeling skin before surgical operations (where the surgeons will dissect the skin, where the stitch sites will be) helps promote healing.
Now obviously, different acids are developed to target different issues and problems. I have researched and when looking for a peel to treat scars and stretch marks, the following ingredients are the best:
Trichloracetic Acid (TCA) – this is a great acid as it reaches down to the Papillary Dermis (your first layer of skin is the Epidermis, anything that reaches below that is already more effective). It literally removes layers of skin, which will make it easier for the stretch mark cream to reach its destination. The downtime is longer, but the results are fantastic. More effective that Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Glycolic Acids. Be careful if you manage to obtain this acid and decide to use it yourself, it can literally burn your skin. Do not use anything more than a 15% peel, you are looking for trouble if you decide to use anything stronger yourself (without having any training or knowledge on how to do a peel).
Alpha Hydroxy Acid – this can be quite superficial, great for sensitive skins, but you can get quite potent concentrations. A 70% or even 90% peel can have an effect on the dermis. This is a popular choice when treating scars and stretch marks.
Phenol Acid- this is much stronger than a TCA, and quite frankly I would not use it without a professional. It is considered a deep peel, and your skin can look sunburnt for up to three months. For stretch mark removal, it can be very effective however as I am continuing to needle my skin (and I don’t want to needle into burnt skin) it will be ineffective for my needs.
So I will be incorporating chemical peels into my treatments. After all, I am only after the promotion of healing, not expecting the stretch marks to disappear completely just from chemical peels. If you get what I am trying so say.
I am due to do my next skin needling session this week, but I think I will go for a chemical peel session first on my thighs on Thursday or Friday, post the results, then a week after I will resume my skin needling.
Thank you for reading and following!