A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, body or hands. during the treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
How to prepare for your peel
- If you’re taking prescribed acne medication, Oral antibiotics, Retin-A or Accutane, it is advised to first have a skincare consultation as you may need to discontinue the medications before you start chemical peel treatments.
- During the consultation, we will review any other contraindications with you before your treatment in order to determine if a chemical peel is right for you.
- Be sure to get a thorough consultation prior to our peel ask all the questions you can to fully inform you.
- Certain chemicals benefit from being “prepped” 1-2 weeks in advance.
- You may want to plan your peeling time (2-4 days post session) around scheduled outdoor activities or special events as sun exposure can easily affect the skin during those times
What to expect during the peel
- The skin is cleansed and a prep solution will be applied to remove surface oils and allow the peel to penetrate the skin evenly.
- Any sensitive areas that cannot be treated will be protected.
- One or more chemical mixtures will be applied, such as glycolic acid (from sugar cane), trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid —good for acne), lactic acid (from milk), or a combination peel chemicals.
- The peel will be applied in a single or in multiple layers, depending on the depth of penetration intended.
- The acids react with the skin to produce a “controlled wound,” allowing fresh skin to regenerate and emerge. A tingling, burning or hot sensation is normal. Each chemical feels slightly different and you will be told ahead of time what to expect.
- Most peels remain on the skin only a few minutes and are closely watched. A fan may help you stay more comfortable and will be supplied to you.
- Some peels are rinsed off, while other peels are self-timed and stop on their own.
skin care after the peel
- After most peels, the skin will be pink to red and look shiny and tight.
- The application of sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater to the skin for the next 48 hours is vital, minimum. You must also stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays and could be damaged by sun exposure.
- On the day of the peel it is important you do not plan on any activities where you will sweat excessively or become hot in temperature. Never apply ice, or heat to the treated skin.
- Depending on the chemical used, the skin will begin to flake or peel within 2–3 days after the treatment. Sun-damaged areas of your skin will appear darker at first, then will lighten. This is normal.
- Deeper peels can produce peeling for a week or more.
- For best results, a series of peels is usually recommended and may be necessary for treating challenging issues such as hyperpigmentation.
- It is important that you DO NOT PICK PULL OR RUB THE SKIN. This encourages the skin to come off quicker than naturally, and may damage underlying skin.
Home care after the peel
- General points for post-peel skin care is to keep the skin moist as dryness could slow the healing and sun protection as sun exposure to the healing skin can worsen hyperpigmentation.
- Recommend healing products are crucial for the week or few days following your treatment. These will soothe and nourish your skin, and aid in its recovery, it also yields better results. Certain products like retinoids or any other products or drugs that could increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight these ingredients are discouraged immediately after chemical exfoliation.
- It is Usually best to avoid makeup during this time, to allow the skin to heal and function without interference.
- It is important to understand that home care is very important to the health and beauty of your skin. You will
notice thatyour home regimen will now be more effective after treatments.