So, you made an appointment for a chemical peel. Good for you! Not only are they important in maintaining the health of your skin, but they are also one of the most effective facial treatments there is. Chemical peels can be used to correct issues such as uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and even acne. Another wonderful asset of chemical peeling is that there is a peel available for most every skin type.
But now what? A lot of people are intimidated by chemical peels. And while there really isn’t a need to be, there are a few things one needs to know beforehand to ensure the best experience (and results!) possible.
9 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Chemical Peel:
1. Having your skin in great shape before the peel is imperative.
Sure you can get a peel without healthy skin, but if you really want great results, healthy is definitely better. Theraderm's Skin Renewal System will have your skin in tip-top shape and ready for any facial procedure.
2. Peeling is nothing more than exfoliation.
It seems kind of scary to have your skin flaking off, but this is the only way to get down to the newer, healthier skin. If you would like to speed up the peeling process so you don't have as much downtime, you can use Nupeel Enzyme Peeling Gel. Not only does it speed the process, it also adds much needed micronutrients to the skin.
3. Using a skin brightener 2 weeks prior can help reduce your risk of post-procedure hyperpigmentation.
Theraderm’s Enlighten Skin Brightener helps suppress melanin production after a peel to ensure dark spots don’t pop up afterward. This is particularly effective for those with darker skin.
4. Ask your skin professional which peel is right for you.
You may not want to visibly see the exfoliation process (zero downtime) so a 70% lactic acid peel may be better for you! Peeling doesn’t bother you? A Jessner’s Peel or TCA may be what you are looking for. Make sure you let your skin care professional what makes you most comfortable.
5. Chemical peels are not just for your face.
That’s right! Don't save all the good stuff for your face. Peels can also be applied to your hands and chest to remove dark spots or acne trouble spots like chest and back.
6. Go in with realistic expectations.
If you have raised scarring, a chemical peel isn’t going to remove it. If you have several years of damage on your skin, a single peel isn’t going to remove that, either. It will, however, smooth, tighten and brighten your skin leaving you with a more youthful appearance.
7. One peel isn’t going to do the trick.
Unless you opt for a deeper TCA peel, one isn’t going to give you the results you want. A series is by far the best way to get optimal results. Your skin care professional can you determine what type of series would be best for you.
8. Sunscreen should be your best friend.
You already know how we feel about wearing sunscreen every day anyway, but after a chemical peel, it is a necessity to maintain your results. Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen is the perfect choice because it is broad-spectrum and oil-free so you can easily wear it under your makeup.
9. Your skin care professional should prep your skin prior to the applying the peeling solution.
You want the solution to be applied directly to your skin so you can get even results. They should exfoliate your skin with Nupeel Enzyme Peeling Gel to remove any loose, dead skin cells, first.