8 Tips You Should Know About Chemical Peels

By |August 23rd, 2016|Skin Care|

chemical peel

They’re pretty spectacular.

Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of issues such as acne, age spots, discoloration, dull complexion, fine lines, and rough-feeling skin. In other words, chemical peels are a great, affordable option to better looking skin.

Not all chemical peels are created equal.

Chemical peels vary in strength depending on the type of chemical solution used. Milder chemical peels are usually performed by an esthetician, while stronger peels are performed by a dermatologist. Most everyone can benefit from a mild chemical peel, but it’s important to find a highly qualified esthetician that can tailor your chemical peel to your skin type/skin conditions.

The time commitment is minimal.

While some in-office cosmetic treatments can take up significant amounts of time, chemical peels are performed in under 10 minutes, which includes preparation, the application of the peel and the post care.

Preparing for a chemical peel is important.

Avoid using highly abrasive exfoliating products within 48 hours before your chemical peel. These products make your skin more sensitive. When making your appointment ask for a list of products to avoid and if you’re unsure about your products, bring them with you to your appointment.

Expect to be uncomfortable.

Everyone has a different tolerance for discomfort, but it’s safe to say that you’ll feel a stinging or burning sensation. Don’t be afraid to share what you’re feeling with your esthetician or dermatologist so they can make adjustments as needed.

You can boost the benefits by adding a facial.

A traditional facial with extractions removes skin impurities and allows for the chemical solution to penetrate the skin better, which helps achieve the best results.

Plan for aftercare.

You’ll need to take extra care of your skin after a chemical peel. This includes no direct sun exposure for a week, no vigorous exercise or swimming for 24 hours, no makeup for 24 hours and sunscreen is a must (SPF 30 or higher).

There will be downtime.

Chemical peels are often just that, a peel. Depending on the strength of the peel, most people will experience redness and peeling post treatment, which usually subsides within a few days to a week. To be on the safe side, don’t get a chemical peel less than two weeks before a big event.

At Skin Associates of South Florida, our highly trained estheticians and dermatologists offer amazing chemical peels with your skin in mind. The chemical peels are tailored to your skin conditions and the doctor’s office setting allows for the cleanest environment for your treatment. Are you curious about getting a chemical peel?
Schedule a consultation by calling us at 305.443.6606.

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