First of all, what exactly is a chemical peel? A chemical peel is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation technique that improves the texture of skin by removing damaged outer layers.
Chemical peels are proven to correct facial issues such as:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Growth removal
- Acne scars
The chemicals used in a chemical peel are:
- Trichloroacetic Acid
- Alphahydroxy Acids
This chemical solution is applied to the skin, where it soaks in. The skin of the face will peel off over the next 1-14 days, and new skin will grow in its place.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your chemical peel, and to feel and look your best!
- Discuss with your Doctor:
There are three different “levels” of chemical peel—superficial, medium, and deep. These peels use different amounts, or dilutes of chemical. Based on your skin type, how much risk you’re willing to take, and the results you want, your doctor can help you determine what kind of chemical peel is best for you.
- Take Care of Your Skin: Before the Peel
You should begin preparing your skin 2-3 weeks before the peel. This will require:
- Cleansing your skin twice a day.
- Applying a special moisturizer or cream once or twice a day.
- Using sunscreen every day.
- Depending on your case, daily use of Retin-A, a topical acne medicine, may be recommended to speed the healing process.
- For medium to deep peels, a course of medication may be prescribed to prevent viral infection.
Following these steps will help the skin peel evenly, heal faster, and will reduce any risk of complications.
- Take Care of your Skin: After the Peel
Depending on what type of peel you had, recovery time can vary. Caring for your skin properly following a peel includes:
- Cleansing frequently with water, or with a doctor-prescribed cleanser.
- For medium or deep peels, changing the dressing or applying ointment.
- Moisturizing daily.
- Avoiding the sun. Sunscreen should not be used until after peeling has stopped, but after that is should be used every day as new skin is highly susceptible to sun damage.
- For a deep peel, oral painkillers, antiviral, and antibiotic medications are often prescribed.
It’s very important to care for your skin before and after a peel. Taking proper care of your skin will help you get the best possible results.
To discuss your options, call Dr. Kesarwani today to schedule an individual consultation!