Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skin care regimen. It needs to be done weekly to avoid dull, flaking skin and for your products to work effectively. If you’re seeking a smoother, more even skin tone, then consider getting a chemical peel!
You’ll notice an instant difference the first time you get a chemical peel, and the results are so worth it.
This guide will give you everything you need to know to prepare for your chemical peel treatment and know what to expect so you’re sure you’re getting the best care.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
If you’re wanting glowy skin, a chemical peel is a great way to kickstart or maintain a luminous look. They can improve your skin drastically by:
- Smoothing out wrinkles and uneven skin texture
- Evening out pigmented skin tone (dark spots)
- Reducing the signs of sun damage
- Reducing signs of scarring and acne
- Minimizing pore size
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three different levels of chemical peels. Light, medium, and deep.
A light or superficial peel doesn’t require any downtime post-treatment, but you must use SPF for at least 72 hours after treatment as your skin will be more susceptible to sun damage during the healing process.
A medium-depth peel may require you to take a day or two off from normal activities to let the skin heal, and a deep peel can take a week or even longer to heal.
It’s advised to stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible for any level of peel.
Some examples of different types of peels are phenol peels, TCA peels, glycolic peels, salicylic peels, and retinoic peels.
Should You Get a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are great for all skin types to improve the texture and clarity of the skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to look into an enzyme peel instead of an acid-based peel. Acids may be too harsh for your skin.
Always talk to your dermatologist or esthetician so they can analyze your skin to see if you’re a good candidate for a chemical peel.
Be Cautious When Considering a Chemical Peel
If you decide to go to an esthetician for a chemical peel be aware of their scope of practice. Estheticians can only perform light or superficial chemical peels.
Medium to deep peels should only be performed by a physician.
What to Expect During the Chemical Peel Process
Depending on the type of peel you receive, some different things will occur during the treatment.
A chemical peel causes a minor wound on the skin that’s under the supervision of your esthetician the entire time the acid is on your face. Medium and deep peels cause deeper wounds which take longer to heal.
This wound causes the skin to peel, allowing new skin to emerge to the surface.
Your esthetician will monitor the peel by having a light directly over your face, and they’ll ask you questions during the process to ensure everything is okay.
During the treatment, you may feel a tingling or burning hot sensation. This is normal to feel while the peel is working.
Side-effects of a peel can include temporary throbbing or tingling, mild swelling, redness, and increased sensitivity to the sun.
Some peels deactivate themselves while others are removed by your esthetician after a few minutes. After a peel is removed, your esthetician will use a solution to neutralize your skin to bring it back to a normal pH to ensure your skin is no longer in a compromised state.
Home Care After a Chemical Peel Treatment
You’ll notice your skin peeling 2-3 days post-treatment. Deep peels may cause peeling for over a week.
Your esthetician or physician will instruct you on how to take care of your skin after a chemical peel.
They’ll suggest products to use in your skin care regimen that influence the healing of your skin during this time. The products should have soothing and healing properties to calm and nourish the skin to help it rebuild itself while protecting the skin.
Wear sunscreen and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
After your skin is healed, it’s time to marvel at your glowing, clean face!
Thinking of getting a chemical peel? What experiences have you had in the past with chemical peels? Let me know below!