chemical Skin Peel Treatment is an effective skin treatment that can reduce wrinkles, scars and even out pigment. It’s important to follow certain recommendations before and after treatment to optimize the result.
Prepare your skin for a light peel by avoiding UV exposure, waxing or facial scrubs. If you are going to get a medium peel or a deep chemical peel, you should also stop using products that contain retinol or other inflammatory ingredients.
How It Works
For a light chemical peel, a cotton ball or gauze is used to apply a chemical solution like glycolic acid, salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid (phenol). The chemical causes a controlled skin injury, and the treated layer will then peel away. The type of peel you receive depends on your goals; for example, a glycolic peel is great for treating fine lines and wrinkles, while a trichloroacetic acid or phenol peel works well to treat deep scarring.
In most cases, a light or medium peel can be performed at your doctor’s office; however, for deeper chemical peels you may need to visit a surgical center. Before the procedure, your doctor will ask you about your skin tone and texture and your desired results. They will also discuss whether you have any medical conditions that could affect your recovery, and they will recommend a treatment plan to achieve those results safely.
To prepare for your peel, you will need to stop using facial scrubs and exfoliants before treatment. You should also avoid waxing or using depilatory products the week before your peel. In addition, it is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight while your skin heals. If you do not follow these guidelines, your skin will be more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Over-the-counter pain medications can be used to help with any discomfort during the healing process.
A chemical peel may cause pain, ranging from mild to moderate, depending on the type of acid used and your skin’s tolerance. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, for example, are medium-depth chemical peels, and they typically produce a burning or stinging sensation. A Jessner’s peel combines salicylic acid with lactic acid, which is less painful and more tolerable.
Deeper chemical peels, such as phenol peels, are very painful and usually require general anesthesia or heavy sedation to control the discomfort. Your doctor will discuss the best choice of peel with you, based on your skin’s condition and the goals of treatment.
Following a chemical peel, the treated skin will appear red and swollen. It might also form a crust or develop brown blotches. In about seven to 14 days, treated areas will begin to heal. During this time, it’s important to avoid sun exposure because new skin is more sensitive and vulnerable to burns and scarring.
Your doctor will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the healing process and ensure that your skin is recovering well. To reduce the risk of complications, you should follow your doctor’s instructions exactly. You might be asked to use ice packs, apply a soothing ointment or dressing and keep the treated area covered. Scratching the skin should be avoided, as it might lead to an infection.
The amount of downtime depends on the type of Skin Peel Treatment you choose. Light chemical peels may require only 24 hours of downtime. A deeper peel such as Jessner’s or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can take up to two weeks of recovery, with flaking, redness and crusting in some cases.
During your skin peel treatment, your skin will be cleaned and prepped before the peel is applied. A neutralizer is often used to prevent the acid from reacting with your skin, and baking soda makes a great, inexpensive neutralizer. The neutralizer is typically left on for a few minutes to several hours, depending on the type of peel and the condition of your skin.
After your Skin Peel Treatment, it’s important to avoid excessive sun exposure and use a high SPF sunscreen. You’ll also want to avoid exfoliating, as this can cause your skin to over-exfoliate and irritate it.
After the Skin Peel Treatment process has completed, your fresh, new complexion will be revealed. Your skin will be more even in texture and will show improvement in pigmentation, scarring and fine lines. After a few months, the new skin will be fully mature and will give your face a renewed appearance. Some pinkness and discoloration can linger for a month or more, but the overall result is a glowing, healthy glow that rejuvenates your face and restores your youthful appearance.
Chemical Skin Peel Treatment are effective for a number of problems, including wrinkles, scarring, and discoloration. They may also be used in combination with other procedures such as microdermabrasion, skin needling, or photo rejuvenation to provide more dramatic results.
The types of peels available include superficial chemical peels, which exfoliate the skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, whereas medium peels remove both the surface of the skin and some of the upper middle layer, and are suitable for those with moderate skin discoloration, age spots or acne scars. Deeper peels are also available, and these treat more severe signs of aging, such as sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines.
After a chemical peel, the skin will appear red and flaky for a day or two. During this time, it is important to apply moisturizer and sunscreen to prevent sunburn. During the healing process, it is also important to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that cause sweating. This is because the raw, tender skin needs extra moisture to heal properly and reduce the risk of scabbing or scarring Contact us for treatment at BellaViso.
Most skin types respond well to chemical peels, though patients with darker skin may be more prone to a temporary darkening of the skin that is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Fortunately, a modified Jessner’s solution has been shown to safely and effectively treat pigment imperfections in people with darker skin.