Chemical Peels and You

 Whether it’s due to sun exposure, age, acne or stress, everyone experiences problems with their skin. With the many factors of day-to-day life impacting our skin, we are bound to have issues that we wish we could simply erase. Luckily, chemical peels have introduced a way to correct skin imperfections fast and pain free. We’ve answered our most common questions when it comes to chemical peels to help guide you through the process.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

 The chemical peel process comes down to this: chemical peels coat the skin, sit for a set amount of time depending on the type of peel, and are removed to reveal a new layer of soft, bright skin. Different peels can minimize crow’s feet, smooth wrinkles, and firm the skin around the eyes and lips. As a minimally invasive procedure, chemical peels are a convenient way to get the smooth, blemish-free skin you’ve always wanted.

What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are a great option for those looking to improve their skin quickly without a long healing process. Along with evening skin discoloration, preventing acne and healing acne scars, peels can also reverse visible signs of aging. Your skin will be left brighter and glowing with little to no effort and lasting results are achieved in as little as 30 minutes.

Though you can do an at-home chemical peel, it is recommended that they are performed by an esthetician. Professional chemical peels penetrate the skin, removing oils, dirt and other agents clogging the pores. These peels have longer lasting results compared to those done at-home. It is best to allow a doctor or specialist do this cosmetic procedure for you instead of doing it on your own.

Which Chemical Peel Is Best for My Skin?

There are many different types of chemical peels, each benefiting specific skin types and issues. Before you have a consultation with your esthetician focus on your skin and take note of your problem areas. Do your research on the different peels the office of your choice has available and begin to think through which addresses your skin imperfections.

Here’s a quick guide to find out which skin peel may be best for you.

Beta peels aim to help balance the skin’s natural oils and acne in both younger and older patients.

Pigment balancing peels brighten discolored areas and are best for those with dark spots and acne scarring. This peel process must be performed more than once for the most noticeable results.

Glycolic peels penetrate the pores the deepest of all peels. It has proven to be a beneficial choice for exfoliating and rejuvenating the skin.

Lactic peels are an excellent option for patients with dry, sensitive skin who experience complications with different skincare products. This peel is cultivated from milk, making it gentler on the skin than other peels.

Vitalize peels are a great choice for first-time patients. They help improve the skin’s overall evenness and fight signs of aging and sun damage.

If you are experiencing problems in areas other than the face, there are also smoothing body peel procedures available for the back, chest, arms and legs. Be sure to explore your options and discuss all possibilities for your treatment with your esthetician.

How Is the Recovery Process?  

In most cases, it will only take around ten days for your skin to go through the healing process after a chemical peel. Still, you must continue to give your skin some special attention in the months following a peel procedure.

Keeping your skin moisturized using antibiotic creams and ointments, minimal sunlight exposure, and using sunscreen regularly will ensure the prolonged health of your skin. Though it’s very rare, watch for signs of scarring like redness, bumps and blisters and contact your doctor if you see any causes for concern.

Is My Skin Ready for a Peel?

It is important to prepare your skin prior to a peel. Using skincare products with similar ingredients to the peel of your choice will help prep your skin.

People with naturally darker skin tones are more prone to developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after a peel procedure. This happens when the skin has a reverse reaction to the treatment, darkening spots instead of lightening them. Darker skin tones have taken better to superficial peels that have an exfoliating effect and do not penetrate the skin as deeply. Be sure to discuss your options with your esthetician in a consultation before booking an appointment. 

If you have previously had a peel, you must wait for the skin to properly heal before having another to prevent skin irritation. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is recommended that you don’t get a chemical peel.

How Long Will the Results Last? 

How long the results of your chemical peel last depend on the type of peel you had and the state of your skin at the time of your peel. If you allow your skin to heal properly following a chemical peel, you will have the most long-lasting and satisfying results.

Lighter peels that only penetrate the skin superficially will usually last up to two months, while deep chemical peels can give you results lasting up to ten years. Your esthetician will likely put you on a schedule for future procedures if needed in order to keep your skin glowing and smooth without apparent lapses in visits.

There are many factors to consider when getting a chemical peel. Do your research prior to going in to see a esthetician for a consultation to make sure you know the ins-and-outs of the process and which peel will be best for your skin. If you still have questions about chemical peels, contact an esthetician today.