Skin irregularities like acne scars, wrinkles and sunspots are an inevitable part of aging. A chemical peel can help temporarily eliminate these signs by removing the external layer of skin and giving way to a fresh layer of undamaged skin beneath without resorting to surgical methods. Peels can treat your face, neck, chest, cleavage, arms, and the back of the hands. It is used to diminish the appearance of acne, scars, wrinkles, sunspots, and general pigment related issues. The lighter your skin, the less likely it is to become discolored as your skin peels and regrows. There is no age limit for the peel.
Your skin won't start to peel for almost two full days once the solution is applied, so the true recovery portion of a peel doesn't commence until the third day. It takes about six weeks to achieve the full transformation of the skin. The duration of a peel depends on the management of the skin post-procedure. Results can last more than a year, but this is completely reliant on your post-peel habits.
A peel can reach the middle layers of the skin to treat pigmentation problems, acne scars, and wrinkles, and works to improve the overall appearance of your skin. With vitamin A infused into the chemical solution, you'll experience the benefits of taking the supplement as well, which includes the following: stimulating collagen production, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, restoring the immune system, improving circulation, and sealing in moisture deep within the skin.
Side Effects: Redness, peeling, crusting, and swelling are all possible side effects of a chemical peel.
Who shouldn't use it: Sun can harm your treated skin during the first three months following a chemical peel, so it's better to schedule this treatment for winter. An intense peel such as this can also interfere with strong skin medications like Accutane and skin conditions like herpes. If you are pregnant or lactating, avoid the peel.
Drawbacks: The chemical peel may not be suitable for people living in sunny climates, since you'll need to avoid sun for three months following the procedure.
Pre-procedure prep for chemical peel: Sun to a chemical peel is like water to the Wicked Witch of the West. Any time you're planning on having this type of chemical peel, plan to stay out of the sun and wear at least SPF 15 on a daily basis.
On the day of treatment: Simply arrive at your appointment.
What to Expect: The procedure itself takes a few minutes at most. Although your skin may appear to have a slightly yellowed tint to it when you leave the doctor's facility, regular activities, including work and running errands, can be resumed immediately.
Who should do it: A chemical peel is an ideal place to begin a chemical peel program. The peel takes place in a clinical setting under the supervision of a medical provider and performed by a trained esthetician.
Duration: The treatment can be performed in mere minutes. And the chemicals won't be washed off of your face prior to your departure - you'll leave with peel chemicals in place.
After care: Using moisturizers, exfoliating agents, and sunscreen can help preserve the new, unscathed skin. On the flip side, disregarding proper skin care habits can result in an accelerated decline in the quality of your skin once again. Avoid exercise or showering directly after receiving the peel so you don't prematurely remove the chemicals.