It's peel season!
Chemical peel that is! For many peel first-timers this may seem frightening, but have no fear, chemical peels can address many skin conditions you're ready to banish. I'm sure you're not in love with those clogged pores, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation (dark spots). Chemical peels help to address each of these issues.
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are acids that loosen the bonds that hold the outer layer of your skin cells together. When these bonds are loosened the outer layer of dead skin is able to be removed from the skin. Chemical peels provide excellent exfoliation. There are a wide range of peels available from gentle fruit peels you can use at home to heavy duty "peel your face off" peels which are only provided under a doctors care.
How do chemical peels help acne sufferers?
One of the reasons acne occurs is that dead skin cells build up and clog the pore. Chemical peels help to remove those dead skin cells to assist in unclogging the pore. Another benefit to peels for acne prone skin is that they help to dry up active breakouts and speed healing of past acne scars.
How do chemical peels help aging?
Chemical peels remove the outer layer of dead skin. This outer layer is usually full of dry, flat, dull skin cells. When these lifeless cells are removed new, plump, healthy skin cells take their place giving us a glowing and youthful complexion. Peels encourage our skin to get to work! This work includes the production of collagen which we need to fight lines and wrinkles. Once our dead skin cells are removed our new skin cells are also able to make our anti-aging products penetrate deeper and hold on to moisture longer preventing those dreaded signs of aging. Along with aging skin usually comes hyperpigmentation or age spots. These are concentrated areas of pigmentation that need to be broken up and lightened. Chemical peels are a great way to get you started on removing these unwanted areas from your skin.
What can I expect when I get a chemical peel?
Once the peel is applied you may feel a tingling sensation, this is normal. Because everyone has a different pain threshold it may feel more intense for one person than another. If you ever feel pain you should let your esthetician know. The motto "no pain, no gain" is not always the case, and you should check with you esthetician if you are ever unsure about how something feels.
What can I expect after a chemical peel?
It is normal to feel flushed, dry, tight, or itchy after your peel. It is important to follow your estheticians recommendations post peel such as avoiding certain things like sun exposure. Your skin may flake a few days following the peel, make sure not to pick or peel the skin off as it should slough off naturally. If you do not experience flaking it does not mean your peel did not work. Most times the exfoliation is not detectable to the naked eye.
Hopefully this helps explain a little more about a service that may be new to you. As you can see chemical peels can be very beneficial. Not everyone is a candidate for a chemical peel so make sure to talk it over with your esthetician if you're interested. Happy peeling!