From aging skin to acneic skin, chemical peels can correct patients’ most bothersome skin concerns to transform skin health and improve people’s lives. A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. To accomplish this task, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin.
How does it work?
Enzymes are proteins that act as a catalyst in cells to facilitate repeated chemical reactions.
Enzymes are a great addition to any skin care regimen because as cell turnover slows with age, enzymes gently rid the skin of built up keratin, leaving it smoother and more healthy-looking. Enzymes aid in protein digestion and dissolve impacted surface cells. They are effective at speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process. When used consistently over a period of time, enzymes strengthen the skin and reduce visible fine lines, remove dead skin cell buildup to improve surface texture, and even skin tone for a smooth, glowing complexion. Chemical peels are made up of different enzymes, like papain, which is derived from the papaya fruit.
What should I expect?
During the treatment, you should expect some itchiness, heat, and tingling. Immediately after a chemical peel treatment, the skin often looks slightly red and flushed. There is often little change on the first day. On the second day, the skin becomes tan-looking, sometimes splotchy. On the third day, parts of the skin can become very dark and feel tight and dry. Peeling begins around the mouth and chin first, then moves toward the edges of the face. The peeling continues for approximately seven days.
Are chemical peels for me?
In short, yes! Chemical peels treat aging skin, hyperpigmentation, sensitive skin, and acne. Chemical peels strengthen skin and target signs of aging, reduce dark spots, even skin tone, brighten skin, clear current and prevent future breakouts, and improve overall skin health while minimizing redness and irritation.
Should I expect to peel every time?
Consumers are often mistaken that if a little of something is good, more is better. This is especially untrue when it comes to treating the skin. Inflammation is one underlying cause of many skin conditions we work to treat, and triggering irritation and inflammation in the skin with overly aggressive treatments and products will not only worsen, but not correct, the situation. Clinicians and patients often think they need high percentages and aggressive solutions to get visible results. This strategy might lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, and other compilations. Full-face peeling is a side effect of the chemical peel, and may not happen. Peeling is not to be expected. However, you are still getting the full benefits of said chemical peel even without a full-face peel.
What should I know before booking my next chemical peel?
Possibly the most important aftercare is to avoid direct sun exposure, excessive heat, and wear an SPF 30 or higher. Most spas will recommend pre-conditioning with medical-grade skincare. By not doing so, you may inhibit the efficacy of the treatment. The cumulative effect of several treatments within a few weeks produces a beautiful result. Talk to your local esthetician for more information about chemical peels.
Chemical peels are a great way to treat aging skin, hyperpigmentation, sensitive skin, and acne. No matter your skin condition or concern, chemical peels can help treat and correct anything!