Dr Andrew Affleck, a dermatologist at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, has warned in the journal Clinical And Experimental Dermatology that fake tan use may confuse diagnoses and lead to suspect moles being treated wrongly. Patients may have to undergo cancer screening, or even treatment, needlessly and have unsightly scars from mole removals. How widespread are these problems? No one knows — due to the fact the vast majority of products are sold from abroad over the internet. Even when the British authorities have declared their marketing and sale illegal, the trade still goes on.
Superficial or lunchtime peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. Medium peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, . actinic keratosis. Deep peel: Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.