The truth about chemical peels
Everything you need to know before your first
Chemical peels are an essential part of skin health. As an effective
treatment option for most skin types and concerns, they improve tone,
texture, fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts and dark spots, but many people are intimidated to go in for their first peel treatment. The fear of leaving with a bright red face that it will hurt prevents some from experiencing the many benefits of a peel. The post-peel reality is a glowing, healthy complexion.
Peeling is exfoliation
When your skin peels or flakes after treatment, your skin is shedding dead or damaged surface cells and revealing new, healthy skin cells on the surface. This action is called cell turnover. Supporting the cell turnover process with chemical peels is what allows the skin to shed dead cells and bring new, fresh skin to the surface, free of
signs of aging, sun damage, dirt, and debris. The result is glowing skin.
You won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean
your treatment was ineffective. Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, dependent upon skin type, resilience, type of peel, and the number of layers applied. Some people experience ‘sheeting’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,ʼ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn. Others experience exfoliation that is not visible. If you donʼt peel, your skin is still exfoliating. In this case, the exfoliation is happening on a cellular level that canʼt be seen by the naked eye.
You will leave your appointment with a healthy glow and will be able to carry on with your regular activities. To ensure that your results are maximized, follow a post-procedure regimen to keep peeling and redness to a minimum. It would be best if you also avoided anything that causes sweating for 48 hours after treatment.