Chemical peels are used for cosmetic purposes and work by exfoliating the skin. They are a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin.
Pre-Treatment Care for Chemical Peel
Before getting any type of chemical peel, it's important to speak with your doctor to make sure you're a good candidate for this treatment. This is because some types of skin damage may not be treatable with this type of treatment.
The cosmetic and general benefits of getting a chemical peel may include improvements in your skin tone and texture as well as less acne scarring and skin blemishes. However, this type of treatment isn't for everyone.
Pre-Treatment Skincare Recommendations
Depending on the level of chemical used, the peel will either be light or deep. Most types of chemical peels these days are light and will only require one treatment to see results. Deeper peels usually require a course of several treatments in order to see results. However, make sure to follow this regimen before beginning this treatment:
- Use a gentle cleanser or calm cleansing cream
- Apply a hydrating serum
- Put on some jelly balm
- Use an ultra-nourishing moisturizer or a light moisturizer
- Do not forget SPF
Make sure to avoid any of these a week before the treatment:
- Depilatory Creams
- Laser Hair Removal
- Any products containing retinol, AHA, BHA, or benzoyl peroxide.
- Any exfoliating products
Your skin is sensitive and may be slightly irritated by the chemicals in a strong peel. Using a daily facial cleanser prior to your peel can help prepare your skin for the procedure and make it more comfortable for you during the recovery period. A gentle facial cleanser will loosen the second layer of dead cells on your skin's surface and help create a breathable environment for the deeper chemical solution. If you only suffer from an occasional breakout of acne or occasional dryness or damage, then we can recommend a few skincare products when you visit us to help restore and maintain your skin's health. Once you have had a chemical peel, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen daily to help protect your skin against UV rays.
During a chemical peel treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the surface of the skin and allowed to work its magic. As it penetrates the skin's surface, the solution exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal smooth, fresh skin underneath.
Post-treatment Care for Chemical Peel
After your procedure, it's imperative to prevent damage to your now-sensitive skin by avoiding direct sunlight or tanning beds. You must wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every single day to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and avoid any harsh products that may cause irritation. The specialist can also recommend skincare products that will help best protect your skin and promote healing.
You may notice slight redness immediately following the procedure, but this should dissipate within a couple of hours. Typically the results of a chemical peel are visible after just one session, although multiple treatments may be recommended depending on your desired results.
If you have any specific questions about the treatment, don't hesitate to ask! We are here to give you all the information you need to get ready for your treatment and are always happy to answer any questions you may have.