How To Prepare Your Skin For A Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a simple and quick way to refresh the skin. Whether it’s a big event or a daily glow, is important to prepare your skin properly in order to receive full benefits from your peel, as well as avoiding any unwanted side effects.

Exfoliate No More

Chemical peels are a form of chemical exfoliation, which stimulates your skin to shed dead sticky and adherent cells that contribute to a dull complexion. Chemical exfoliators, like retinoic or salicylic acid, can also be found in skin care products such as cleansers, anti-aging products, and serums. Failing to stop these exfoliators can lead to over peel and even skin breakdown. “In practice, we will cancel a scheduled chemical peel until proper time has passed so we don’t cause trauma to the skin,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist and skin care expert in Austin, Texas. For people with more sensitive skin should also stop physical exfoliators like face washes with beads or your Clarisonic brush!

Postpone Prescriptions?

Some prescription products should be discontinued around the time of your chemical peel. “Many acne medications and anti-aging products also assist in cell turnover, leaving the skin too vulnerable and sensitive for a chemical peel,” mentions Amy Bowen, certified Medical Aesthetician at Sanova Dermatology. It is best to speak with your dermatologist or aesthetician  to determine which creams or medications are okay to continue in the days or weeks surrounding your chemical peel!

All In The Timing

Chemical peels are often performed around special occasions, like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. But the last thing you want on your special day is to show up with peeling skin! Make sure to give yourself enough recovery time between your peel and big event.

Also, be cautious about stacking your aesthetic procedures. “Many cosmetic procedures have some downtime or require healing before undergoing another type of treatment,” explains Amy. For example, you might want to hold off on your Botox or filler if your skin is still swollen from your peel or laser procedures. Making an individualized treatment plan with your dermatologist or aesthetician is the best way to optimize your treatments while avoiding any unwanted effects.

Stay Sun-Conscious

Increased skin sensitivity is common for a few days after a chemical peel. Protecting your skin from sun exposure during this time is essential. However, performing peels on already compromised skin can also be potentially harmful.

“Chemical peels are a great way to treat acne and eliminate sun damage on the skin,” says Dr. Hanson. “But performing peels on tanned or acutely sunburned skin can cause other problems.”

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Chemical peels are safe and effective way to remove imperfections and rejuvenate the skin. Adverse effects of this procedure can be minimized if the skin is properly cared for before and after the procedure. To find out more about chemical peels and the best ways to care for your skin, please contact us today.

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