Hello #PeelSeason! Chemical peels are one of many treatments used to address some of the most common skin concerns. Ever wondered what makes this popular treatment such a hit?
Here’s everything you need to know about chemical peels, according to the team at Innovative MedSpa.
What are Chemical Peels & How Do They Work?
A chemical peel is a professional skincare procedure designed to treat signs of aging, as well as texture and pigmentation issues. With the help of a peeling agent, it works by removing dead skin cells and bacteria from the surface of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers, revealing a brighter, more even complexion.
Types of Chemical Peels
Contrary to what most may have been led to believe, not all chemical peels are the same. When it comes to peels, there are 3 different degrees – a superficial (light) peel, a medium-depth peel, and a deep peel.
A superficial peel is the mildest type of chemical peel. This treatment can be used to treat fine lines, acne, dry skin, as well as hyperpigmentation. A medium-depth peel is a step up from this. It is able to treat deeper wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. It works by removing skin cells from the epidermis as well as portions of dermis. The third level, known as a deep peel, penetrates the thick bottom layer of the dermis called the reticular layer. This layer contains blood vessels and connective tissues that support the skin.
Which level is right for you?
When our providers are deciding which peel level is right for you they are taking into account two things – your skin type as well as what skin issues you are looking to address.
What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?
Some common benefits of a chemical peel include:
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduced acne blemishes
- Decreased appearance of scars
- Balanced skin tone
- Smaller pore size
- Balanced texture for smoother skin
When Should I Get a Chemical Peel?
The best time to schedule a chemical peel is during the winter months. This is when you are most likely to spend most of your time cozied up indoors, limiting your exposure to the sun. Your skin needs time to properly heal, which could take up to 2 weeks.
How Should I Prepare for a Chemical Peel?
- Avoid Retin-A for at least 24-48 hours prior to receiving treatment.
- Avoid taking any blood thinners such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Motrin.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least 24-48 hours prior to treatment.
- Do NOT exfoliate for at least 1 week prior to treatment.
- Avoid waxing the area at least 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Stay Hydrated! Stop using any products that contain ingredients that may dry out the skin a few days before your treatment. These include anything with sulfates, salicylic acid, AHA acids, Retinols, Benzoyl Peroxide, and more.
- Arrive with a clean face & NO make up!
What Should I Expect After a Chemical Peel?
Immediately following treatment you may notice some redness and tingling. This is perfectly normal. Over the first few days, you may experience some slight irritation, along with mild inflammation. By day 3 you may start to notice your skin is starting to peel off. This is also typically when discoloration and other imperfections appear to look worse than before receiving treatment. It is important to remember that this is also perfectly normal and will subside once your skin has fully healed. Healing time is dependent on the type and strength of the peel that was used. Once completely healed, your skin will be visibly brighter and smoother!