A Chemical Peel, What Is It? And When Do I Need It?

Ashley S.Ashley S.

Have you ever had a chemical peel done before? Would you get one depending on your skin type or your skin concern? A chemical peel can improve your texture and will remove any smaller imperfections that you may have. It is usually a common go-to treatment for women who have mature skin, or who want to get rid of early signs of aging, as well as discoloration. If you want to renew your skin and let it breathe all over again, here’s why you should go for a chemical peel! 

Why And Where To Get A Chemical Peel? 

You can get a chemical peel done on your face (the most common go-to part of your body), but you can also do it on your neck and hands. When done correctly, you will experience: 

  • Smaller fine lines around the mouth area 
  • You will remove wrinkles that are caused by aging as well as sun damage 
  • You will treat mild scars 
  • Your age spots and freckles will come down 
  • Your skin will feel a lot smoother and will look softer 
  • You will sink in all of your beauty & makeup products a lot easier & quicker

What Are The Different Types Of Chemical Peels?

There are three different chemical peels that you can go for, and those are:

  • A light chemical peel – it is done over the outer layer of your skin (also known as epidermis). It is used to combat acne, uneven skin tones, as well as dryness. You can redo this treatment every 2-5 weeks, depending on your skin type, as well as your concern.
  • A medium chemical peel – this peel will remove dirt from the middle layer of your skin (dermis). It is used for wrinkles as well as acne scars and is repeated every 3-9 months, depending on your skin type. It is a harsher version than the light chemical peel, often done by older women.
  • A deep chemical peel – it will remove everything from the epidermis and a lower layer of the dermis. You can help out your deep wrinkles as well as scars in only one treatment! It is quite harsh and not something that you can redo, and one time only sounds just about right if you need results overnight!

Who Is Not A Good Candidate For The Treatment?

If you’ve been using any acne medication in the last 3-6 months, you are not the right candidate

You shouldn’t have a deep dark complexion 

Over hyperpigmentation is not recommended when you’re going under the treatment

You shouldn’t have severe outbreaks or cold sores

What To Expect During The Treatment?

Your expert will use a brush along with some gauze to apply the chemical peel on the tp of your skin. This peel will contain either glycolic acid or salicylic acid. As they proceed, your skin will lighten up. Some women can feel a slight stinging sensation. The whole process takes around 30 minutes to do. After they are done they will cleanse the skin and apply the right ointment on top. It does not hurt, but it can burn your skin (it is different for everyone).

What To Expect After The Treatment?

You can expect your skin to be a bit red and dry. Some women can also experience slightly irritated or sensitive skin. However, this symptom will all go away in 2 days, just use the right ointment that your doctor recommends.

You can also expect your skin to look a bit lighter after the treatment since it was treated with high chemicals. Some women can also experience slight crusts or blotches on top, it is pretty different for every lady.

As your skin is resting you should give it time to breathe. This means no makeup application for at least the following 2-3 day period! Try and use an SPF 30 (at least) during the next 7-14 days. Your skin will be sensitive, and it will demand additional protection. Don’t let the Sunburn you, nor cause severe irritation.

Ready For Chemical Peels?

Are you ready for a chemical peel? Figure out which one of three different kinds will suit you, and ask your dermatologist to customize it per your skin type and your skin concern! You can book your appointment and have a conversation with our skilled team right here

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