Tips For The Best Chemical Peel

Post Date:
4 March 2014

Chemical peels are one of the original cosmetic treatments and are among the best-researched and understood skin interventions today. Formulations have advanced leaps and bounds including use of gentler, natural ingredients and incorporating antioxidants to make chemical peel treatments accessible and manageable for most skin types. Customized chemical peels can address common skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, acne & blemishes, fine lines & wrinkles and skin tone & texture.

To get the most from your chemical peel treatments and to minimize subsequent dryness and flaking, here are our top tips for achieving the best results from your chemical peel treatments:

Prepare your skin for a chemical peel.

The most common after-effect of a chemical peel treatment is flaking. Flaking is due to exfoliation of the outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum). The thicker the layer at the time of treatment, the more noticeable the flaking.

When the skin is poorly prepared for a chemical peel treatment, the majority of the chemical application is absorbed by the outermost layer, whereas the layers beneath are the target goal for noticeable improvements.

A two-step preparation regime will minimize flaking and maximize the desired benefits of your chemical peel treatments. The goal is to thin the stratum corneum and decongest the skin BEFORE you begin your treatments so that more will reach the targeted layers of skin.

Step 1: Two-weeks out from your first chemical peel, incorporate SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator into your nightly routine. A few drops patted around the face is all that’s needed to begin lifting dull skin cells. This exfoliant is simultaneously hydrating: making it safe for all skin types.  It’s effect is similar to a 20% glycolic solution but without the irritation.

Step 2: Additionally, cleanse day and night with the Clarisonic Pro sonic cleansing brush. Its patented technology employs 300 micro oscillations per second to loosen and clear makeup, dirt and debris. Clarisonic Pro is proven to cleanse six times more effectively and remove twice the amount of excess oil than manual cleansing. Your skin will be perfectly primed to absorb optimal levels of active ingredients and the instance of flaking will be significantly reduced.

Schedule a series of peels.

The skin requires an adequate dose of a treatment ingredient to stimulate desired changes. After a single chemical peel, you will notice softer and clearer skin but long-term benefits and improvement to acne breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation will require multiple treatments.

Depending on your availability and budget, consider a series of three to six treatments at least twice per year - the Spring and the Fall. Spring is an excellent time to refresh the complexion after a dry winter and the Fall is an ideal time to address summer skin damage. Chemical peels are also recommended to maintain the results of other cosmetic treatments. Schedule a monthly chemical peel to maintain the outcomes of Fraxel® laser resurfacing, Thermage® skin tightening, dermal fillers or BOTOX COSMETIC® treatments.

Ensure you space your chemical peel treatments 10 days to two weeks apart. Extend that frequency if you are addressing pigmentation concerns. Your care provider will guide you on the safest treatment frequency for your unique skin type, concerns and goals.

Stick to the program.

Patients who stick to a consistent chemical peel and homecare plan realize the greatest benefits.

If you are considering chemical peel treatments and would like to learn more about how they could benefit your skin, contact us for a complimentary consultation.

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