With our skin being the largest organ we have, and the most visible as well, we should look to keep its health and appearance at optimal levels. Sun damage, acne, superficial scarring, and hyperpigmentation may affect our skin’s aesthetics negatively. To eliminate unhealthy dull skin, and expose a vibrant, renewed skin layer, many of our patients choose a chemical peel.
Although the term chemical, followed by the word peel, can be a bit alarming at first, this in-office clinical treatment will deliver a clean, fresh skin presence to enhance facial beauty. It’s becoming more popular with time, too, with close to 1.5 million treatments done annually.
The process includes applying a chemical solution to the target area to provide an even tone and a smooth texture. A form of exfoliation, chemical peels allow your skin to shed old, dull skin to make room for a fresh, healthy skin layer. Peels are suitable for all patients looking to improve their skin’s appearance by stimulating collagen production and skin cell turnover.
What to Expect During Treatment
During the treatment, your skin will begin an intense peeling process ranging from very light to medium skin layer depths. We apply the solution with you lying comfortably on your back until the chemical solution dries. During the drying process, you may feel a slight burning sensation with degrees varying on the strength of the solution. The process usually takes about an hour.
What to Expect After a Chemical Peel
The strength and depth of the solution will determine how long your skin will peel, ranging from three to ten days. A medium depth peel usually takes three to five days for the skin to peel off completely allowing a new, pink skin to reveal itself, while deeper chemical peels can take seven to ten days to deliver more dramatic results. Each peel period should start on about the third day after the treatment, not shortly following the treatment.
The Days Following
We recommend you use gentle skin cleaners and a hydrating, topical serum or cream in the days following your chemical peel. These serums, gels or creams should contain ceramides or hyaluronic acid to help soothe and cool your skin during your recovery.
Integrating potent, medical-grade skin products including topical creams and serums will infuse nutrients and ingredients to help protect, stabilize and hydrate your new skin. These products will boost your skin’s ability to fight free-radical damage in the early stages which is important to achieve optimal results.
The risk of sun-exposure can have adverse effects during recovery, because the treated skin is thinner and susceptible to sun damage. You should utilize a strong SPF sunblock or makeup foundation for at least two months after the procedure.
We recommend you keep your skin as cool as possible outdoors or when you bathe. Hot water should not touch your treated skin to avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. You should keep the water of your showers or baths at room temperature.
For more information on how a chemical peel can help you regain and retain skin beauty, call us today for a consultation.