Top 5 Questions to Ask if You’re Considering a Chemical Peel

November 2, 2021 Tags:

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Chemical peels have gained significant popularity over the past few years, as they address signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles and skin concerns such as acne and discoloration, without surgery. However, chemical peels come with a reputation. Before deciding to undergo the treatment, here are the top 5 questions to ask:

When should I get a chemical peel? Is there an age preference?

Performing a chemical peel can be done at any time in the year, provided you avoid excessive exposure to the sun post-treatment while your skin recovers. Depending on the skin concern, patients in their late teens and early twenties can start to receive chemical peels. 

How will my skin feel after a chemical peel?

A chemical peel removes targeted outer layers of damaged skin, exposing the underlying skin, enabling new, healthy skin cells to generate. This resurfacing can lead to the improvement of wrinkles, acne scars, uneven tone, and discoloration. Results will depend on the depth and strength of agents used, but clients will generally notice smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.

What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?

During your consultation, we gather all the necessary information to determine which peel is best for you. Superficial peels such as Skinmedia’s Illuminize and Vitalize peels have no downtime, allowing you to return to work after the peel without any pushback – except you should always wear protective sunscreen, even if you haven’t had a chemical peel. The medium depth and deep chemical peels may have a recovery time of around seven days. Some clients experience less significant harshness and may resume normal activities sooner than later.

What type of post-care is necessary?

After your chemical peel, you will be provided with recovery instructions. Generally, we recommend moisturizing regularly, using mineral sunscreen, and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun post-treatment.

How often should I get a chemical peel?

We recommend chemical peel treatment monthly, although superficial peels can be done every two weeks or sooner per CDC recommendations. Your skin will thank you for finding the time to come in for regular chemical peels, as each consecutive peel will reveal more vibrant skin.  

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