Many people reach out to our spa to learn more about chemical peels ask what the benefits are and what to know if they are considering getting one. When it comes to the benefits, there are many and some of which we will discuss today, but overall, not only are they important in maintaining the health of your skin, but they are also one of the most effective facial treatments available.
Chemical peels can be used to correct issues such as uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and even acne. Another wonderful asset of chemical peeling is that there is a peel available for almost every skin type. Though some people feel intimidated by a chemical peel or are unsure if it will work for their skin type, the good news is there are more options now than ever to accommodate your needs. That said, there are a few things to consider to ensure the best experience and results possible from a chemical peel.
Have Your Skin In As Best Shape As Possible Before Your Peel
Though you can definitely get a peel without healthy skin, the more healthy your skin ins prior to the peel, the better. Considering a skin renewal system prior to the treatment is a good idea to ensure your skin is in it's best shape and ready for any facial procedure.
Go In With Realistic Expectations
There are certain skin challenges like raised scarring or several years of damage on your skin that a single chemical peel, or potentially even several chemical peels won't remove. Chemical peels will, however, help in restoring a youthful look by smoothing out the skin, tightening it and brightening it as well.
One Peel Most Likely Won't Be Sufficient
Unless you decide to go with a deeper TCA peel, one peel most likely won't end up with the final result you want. Instead, focusing on a series of peels will help ensure you get the optimal results you are looking for. With the help of your skin care professional, you can determine what number of treatments and types of treatments are best for you.
Use Skin Brightener 2 Weeks Prior To The Procedure
Using a skin brightener 2 weeks or so prior to your peeling can help reduce your risk of post-procedure hyperpigmentation. It does so by suppressing melanin production after a peel to ensure dark spots don't pop up afterward. This can be especially effective for anyone with darker skin.
Use Someone Who Preps Your Skin Prior To Applying The Peeling Solution
In order to ensure you get the most even results, you want to ensure all loose dead skin cells and other particles are first removed. To do this, your skin should first be exfoliated prior to the peeling solution being applied since the solution should be applied directly to your skin and any loose skin cells can cause an uneven final result.
Peeling The Skin Is Just An Exfoliation
To those who have not done a chemical peeling before, it can be intimidating or a bit concerning to have your skin flaking off as is part of the chemical peeling process. The reality, though, is this is the main way to get down to the newer, healthier skin. One way to speed up this process, however, is to use a peeling gel that can help decrease the peeling time plus can add in some additional micro-nutrients to the skin.
Not All Peels Are For Every Skin Type
Ask your skin professional which peel is right for you since each chemical peel will have different purposes, downtime and end result. If you would prefer to have none of the exfoliation process visibly seen, essentially meaning zero downtime, you might want to consider a 70% lactic acid peel. If peeling doesn't bother you, a TCA may be what you need. When asking your skin care professional, they can help guide you on what makes the most sense for your specific skincare needs and comfort levels.
Sunscreen Is Your Best Friend
Though I am sure you have already had your dermatologist or other medical professionals mention the importance of the daily use of sunscreen, but after having a chemical peel, the use of sunscreen is even more important to maintain your results. You would want to find a product that you can wear under your makeup if that is a concern, which there are numerous products available online. The reason this is so important is after a chemical peel, your skin is at its newest state so evenly protecting the skin will ensure you maintain the results from your chemical peel.
Chemical Peels Are Not Just For Your Face
Though most people are familiar with chemical peels for the face, it's imperitive to know that a chemical peel is a process that can applied to almost any area of your body that has skin and where it makes sense. Many people use it for their hands and chest to remove dark spots or acne trouble spots, especially on the chest and back. Others will use a different type of chemical peel on their feet to leave them as soft as can be! Ask your skin professional about any other potential areas for applying a chemical peel where you may have problem areas.