Considering a Skin Peel?
Vibrant, flawless skin can do wonders for your appearance and self confidence. If you’re like many people in America, you might have tried various supplements along with practicing good hydration and hygiene habits only to be left with a complexion that’s dull and unflattering. Sound familiar? You’re not alone! Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of skin peels available that can be tailored to suit your specific needs.
Still on the fence about whether or not you should give this innovative treatment a shot? In today’s blog, we’ll review some of the questions our clients often have about chemical peels so that you can make a well-informed decision.
What is a Skin Peel?
Chemical peels, also known as skin peels, are a non-surgical method of exfoliating the top layer of your skin to reveal skin that’s more smooth and youthful in appearance. The peels are commonly done on the face, neck, and hands and range from mild, superficial peels to more deep treatments. Depending on the desired effect, anything from alpha-hydroxy acid to trichloroacetic acid may be used. Skin peels are used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Scarring from acne
- Crow’s feet
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun spots
- Pigmentation issues such as hyperpigmentation and melasma
If you’re curious about whether or not a skin peel can help a condition that’s not listed above, contact MD Beautify! We’ll gladly answer any questions you have.
How Do I Prepare?
This will largely depend on the specific condition you’re hoping to remedy with the peel. Some people benefit from pre-treatment schedules that incorporate various agents to stimulate skin cells and boost collagen synthesis. Depending on your customized treatment, your aesthetician will direct you accordingly.
Do Skin Peels Hurt?
Generally speaking, chemical peels will sting a bit. The stronger the acid used, the more discomfort it will cause. However, skin peels are far less painful than surgical treatments.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects will vary depending on your specific peel. However, many people experience redness, irritation, swelling, and slight scabbing as the skin heals and recovers. Your physician may prescribe medicines, creams, or gels to assist with any post-treatment side effects.
Is There Any Down Time?
For mild skin peels, there is minimal to no down time. If you’re planning on a medium-depth peel, you’ll need to keep your skin protected and clean for approximately one week. For deeper peels, the recovery period is longer.
Who Should Not Get a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels may not be best for everyone. They tend to work best on those with fair complexions and are not recommended for those clients who:
- Are pregnant or nursing children
- Have been on Accutane in the last six months
- Have used prescription skin care products, lightening agents, or acid-based products within 48 hours
- Suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, or dermatitis
- Have any kind of active infection or skin disease
If you have a skin condition or have been on a skin medication not listed above, please consult with your doctor about the safety of getting a chemical peel treatment.