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What to expect before, during and after a chemical peel?

Chemical peel is a revolution in the field of dermatology, it is a rapid, effective process that helps you with all sorts of skin complications that could stand in the way of your ultimate beauty potential, problems from acne, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation are manageable with the help of a chemical peel.

How to Prepare for a Chemical Peel

  • Do a thorough research
    There are six main types of peeling and most probably only one of them is the best for you, so take your time to research and decide the peeling technique that best suits your skin type, color, and age.
  • Pick the right time
    The date of your big event is approaching? It is safest to do your peeling two weeks before your event, in order to give your skin enough time to peel and show up ready for action.
  • Take a break from cosmetics and beauty pills
    Your anti-aging and anti-acne prescriptions may interfere with your chemical peel. it is wise to check with your dermatologist whether what you are using is a safe combination with the chemical peel or not. Make sure you cease any usage of exfoliants like salicylic acid or retinol, even face scrubs and Clarisonic.
  • Keep Your Skin Hydrated
    Peeling or not, your skin should always be hydrated, but there is extra importance to hydration prior to peeling to avoid complications, according to dermatologists you might also want to stop using cosmetics that cause skin dryness, for two to three days before your appointment.

  • What to Expect During Your Appointment

    After discussing your preferred option of peeling with your dermatologist, they will discuss the intensity they believe is best for you, even though you have a say in your preferred intensity preference, it is best to take your professional’s opinion regarding intensity. The process starts with you face held straight up so that your professional can establish a smooth surface for application. The whole process should be done within an hour, and your skin care professional usually stays in the room to check for any adverse reactions.
    The chemical composition is highly acidic, so you may experience an acute burning or tingling sensation. The intensity of burning or tingling is variable, depending on the type of chemical peel you are receiving, and your skin sensitivity and will differ case to case, but redness and inflammation are extremely rare.

    What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

  • The peeling processes
    Peeling does not start immediately after the procedure, in fact, it usually starts three days later, and the whole process occurs over a period of three to five days depending on the type as well as the intensity of the peel, once it is over you would see the results and notice the sudden difference.
  • Take good care of your surfacing skin
    Its best to make use of a gentle cleanser simultaneously with a hydrating gel serum, the key word here is hydration, look for cosmetics that contain ceramides or hyaluronic acid, in order to help soothe the skin in the days following a chemical peel. you may also aid your skin in rejuvenation by making use of a combination of stem cell with light therapy. This will help you take good care of your fresh skin as soon as needed. You should look for the ingredients that will help in boosting the skin’s ability to fight free-radical damage at the early stage of skin development, such ingredients would be helpful in the protection and hydration of the new skin, thus leading to stability. Those ingredients include colloidal silver, Botaniceutical, and marine algae extracts.
  • Don’t forget your Sunscreen.
    The chemical peel accelerates the exfoliation of your dead skin cells in order to reveal fresh, new skin cells, those skin cells are very susceptible to UV damage, especially that the skin is now one layer thinner. So, your greatest risk during the peeling process is direct exposure to the sun, hence a sunscreen of SPF 30+ is highly recommended because you want to keep your skin safe following the procedure. Your safest option is a physical block of makeup foundation, accompanied with your broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen; and keep on this procedure for a period of two months.
  • Keep your skin cool
    Avoid any encounters with direct heat, especially those with hot water, its best to have your showers slightly cooler than room temperature, to avoid inflammation that can lead post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, your peeled skin is soft and vulnerable, so it needs all the protection that you can offer.
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