What to Expect After Your First Chemical Peel

What to Expect After Your First Chemical Peel

What to Expect After Your First Chemical Peel

What to Expect After Your First Chemical Peel

Do you want to improve the health and appearance of your skin? If so, working with a trained and experienced skincare specialist is best. To determine whether a particular aesthetician is a good fit, ask about their training, experience, and background related to your desired treatment.


Each person’s skin is unique and that skin type can change depending on various factors, such as:


  • Diet

  • Lifestyle

  • Allergies


Chemical Peel


A chemical peel, also known as chemical exfoliation, is a treatment designed to remove the outer layer of the skin. The cosmetic procedure aims to reveal a fresh, wrinkle-free layer of skin below. 


A trained and licensed aesthetician will apply the peel evenly and quickly. The procedure involves the application of a chemical solution on the skin to peel off dead skin cells. That leaves the patient with clear, glowing skin with fewer signs of aging. 


Can You Benefit From a Chemical Peel?


Chemical exfoliation is a suitable age management treatment. It helps improve the appearance and feel of the skin by improving wrinkles and fine lines caused by aging, genetics, and sun exposure. 


A chemical peel can also help treat freckles, age spots, and other forms of superficial hyperpigmentation. It can benefit most skin types and tones. However, it is best to consult your skincare specialist about the best kind of chemical peel for you. If you are currently taking any medication, determine whether you need to stop taking it to avoid complications.


Preparing for a Chemical Peel


Talk to your aesthetician about the steps you need to take before undergoing treatment. Your practitioner will review your case before your treatment to determine whether you are a good candidate for a chemical peel. Your esthetician will then tell you how to prepare, assuming the treatment is right for you. 


What to Expect During the Procedure


Your aesthetician will place protective materials over your eyes and hair before cleansing your skin using an oil-reduction solution. The dermatologist will dab one or more chemical solutions onto the treatment areas. These chemicals will react with your skin to create a controlled wound, allowing new skin to regenerate and emerge. 


During the procedure, you may experience a stinging or warming sensation for several minutes. Afterward, your skin may appear slightly sunburned, and then it will begin to peel. These are normal changes during skin rejuvenation, which can take three to seven days. Your aesthetician will recommend the appropriate series of treatments for optimal results.


Home Care


You can take several measures to help your skin heal quickly and correctly. These include:


  • Avoid indoor tanning and direct sunlight following the treatment

  • Avoid scratching or rubbing the treated areas

  • Avoid vigorous aerobic exercise and physical activity for the first two days

  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day since your skin will be more sensitive to the sun

  • Do not apply skin products containing perfumes, dyes, or harsh chemicals until your skin heals fully

Your aesthetician should explain the appropriate home care regimen and give you written instructions to follow at home. 


For more on chemical peels, call Perceptions Medical Aesthetics at (910) 454-9226 to reach our office in Southport, North Carolina.

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