Everyday thousands of people go in for medical spas for cosmetic treatments and the word chemical peel is constantly brought up. But for many, the actual meaning of a chemical peel may be lost, which makes the dermatologists at AvaMD wonder if the right education is out there. Why do patients seem so confused? Why does this amazing treatment have such a bad reputation? Oftentimes, our patients ask, “Am I going to peel like a snake?” “Will I get burned?” “Does it work?” So, we are here to clear up the reputation of chemical peels.
What is a Chemical Peel and Why Should You Try It?
A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, chest and/or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that your provider feels will best suit your needs. If you have acne issues, hyperpigmentaion or an overall desire to freshen and rejuvenate your skin, the peel chosen will allow the skin to peel off and give you a deep exfoliation, which you wouldn’t normally get from microdermabrasion or a chemical resurfacer.
How Do You Know Which Peel is Right for You?
Consultations are key when making any decision for your skin, especially for chemical peels. Talk with your provider about what your exact needs are. This way, the right decision can be made for you and the peel you choose. Chemical peels are beneficial for most skin types and most people are ideal candidates for it. It’s essential you talk with your provider about specific needs so we can choose the peel best for your needs. Research and education is key before choosing the right peel. Ask questions. That is why we are here.
When Should I Do My Peel?
Timing is everything when it comes to chemical peels. Here is why certain peels like the cosmelan peel have to be left on the face for eight hours and it looks like peanut butter, other peels like the vitalize peel give your skin a nice healthy happy glow for the day. However, you have to plan for downtime. With most peels, you need to give yourself 3-5 days of “downtime,” this is known as the peeling process. Here is how the process works from start to finish. Remember to receive minimal sun exposure when doing a chemical peel.
Day 1 – You have the peel on your skin.
Day 2 – Depending on your skin, you could be slightly red or be perfectly fine.
Day 3 – Let the peeling begin. You will start to peel around the mouth area and the peel will travel up the face.
Day 4-6 – The peel will continue and you will start to notice that your skin underneath is more vibrant, healthier, brighter and youthful.
So Our Question to You Is, to Peel or Not to Peel?
Do you want to brighten your skin? Lighten pigmentation issues? Fade acne scars? Increase collagen or help with fine lines and wrinkles? Then if so I leave you with this … To peel or not to peel. We think it’s time to peel! To learn more, contact AvaMD today.
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