A chemical peel treatment can greatly improve your skin by sloughing off the damaged outer layers, clearing out clogged pores, and even help improve the appearance of acne scars.
However, taking proper care of your skin after a chemical peel can help prevent side effects.
Read here to learn more about how to take care of your skin after getting a chemical peel.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. They are safe and non-invasive treatments that use acids to exfoliate the skin and slough off dead skin cells. These peels can improve the appearance of aging skin, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and diminish fine lines.
There are three common types of chemical peels:
Light Chemical Peel
During a chemical peel, an acidic solution is applied directly to the skin during treatment to eliminate the damaged surface layer, accelerate cell turnover, and stimulate collagen formation. Chemical peels encourage new skin development by inflicting a controlled injury at a particular depth to encourage the growth of a healthier new layer.
Just about every other skin concern can be treated successfully with the right peel. Though mainly intended for the face, they can also be used on the neck, chest, and the back of the hands.
A sunburn-like reaction may appear after the procedure, depending on the type of chemical peel done. Peeling is typically characterized by redness, followed by scaling.
A medium chemical peel can be repeated every one to four weeks until you achieve your goal.
You should also stay out of the sun for several weeks because the healing skin will be extra sensitive.
Taking Care of Your Skin After Treatment
Here are four tips for getting better results after a chemical peel:
Moisturize and hydrate. Peels can momentarily weaken the skin barrier, so it's crucial to strengthen that barrier with a moisturizer. Additionally, increase your water intake to avoid dehydration that can also dry your skin.
Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Avoid direct sun exposure because your skin is more sensitive after a peel and it could result in more obvious symptoms. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen if you have to go outside.
Avoid hot tubs, dry saunas, and intense exercise. You should avoid saunas and exercises that might cause excessive sweating and irritate your skin. Increased blood flow to the face as a result of these activities can also make the healing skin feel warm, tingly, or itchy.
Let your skin peel off naturally. Allow skin to peel off naturally instead of picking at it. Picking at flaking skin prevents your skin from healing naturally, which can lead to further infection and inflammation.
Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate your skin and help you achieve your desired skin goals. If you want beautiful, healthy skin, our providers here at Sedalia Aesthetics, Sedalia Mo can administer the right chemical peel for your concerns and goals.