Everything you need to know about Chemical Peels

Everything you need to know about Chemical Peels

Facials are among the most popular spa services available and for very good reason. If you are considering receiving some type of facial treatment, you probably already know that this relaxing experience can be highly beneficial to your complexion, as it will provide you with the fresh, radiant, and youthful skin that you love. If that’s something you’d like to achieve, perhaps consider trying a chemical peel.

There are several types of chemical peels:

  • α hydroxy acid peels

  • β hydroxy acid peels

  • Retinoic acid peel

  • Phenol-croton oil peel

Chemical peels contain different types of acids that have varying depths of skin penetration, it can be done on your face, neck, or hands. There are many options depending on the needs and how sensitive is the skin. Some types of chemical peels can be purchased and administrated without a medical license, however, it is advised to seek professional help from a dermatologist. 

What is a chemical peel good for?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of facial skin. In a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove damaged skin cells, treat wrinkles, correct scars, and sunspot discoloration. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. 

How long does the chemical peel last, and what type of care is necessary? 

Recovery time will vary depending on the straight of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin might feel sensitive, tight, and red. Any visible peeling can be controlled with a moisturizer, peeling usually lasts 3 to 5 days depending on the treatment. 

To help with the healing, clean your skin with a gentle cleanser, moisturize, use sunscreen, and avoid heavy sweating for 2 to 3 days after the procedure. Sun exposure should be avoided while the skin is peeling. 

Peeling skin should be alow to fall by itself picking or peeling off flaking skin may lead to scarring.

Is a chemical peel painful?   

During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about 5 to 10 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cold compresses on the skin might ease the stinging. You might need pain medication during or after a deep chemical peel. 

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

Fair-skinned and light-haired people are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you might also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also might be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure. 

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