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4 Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Peels

Thinking about getting a chemical peel? If you are, most likely you have lots of question you want answered before you take the plunge.

We get it, so we have gathered together the top 4 frequently asked questions about chemical peels.

Woman pulling off a facial chemical peelWhat Conditions Does a Chemical Peel Treat?

Chemical peels are non-invasive treatments to improve the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.  A peel can reduce and improve uneven skin tone, dull skin, rough patches, and lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth. It can also treat acne scars and damaged skin from the sun.

Also known as chemexfoliation or derma peeling, this procedure will remove superficial layers of the skin and promote collagen production for a younger and more supple look.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

If you have any of the issues noted above you are probably a great candidate for a chemical peel. There is really no age limit for a peel, and many women over the age of 65 have successful peels.

If you have a current infection, broken or cut skin, active herpes, a sunburn, or if you have taken Accutane in the last six months, you would not be a candidate.  

How Should I Prepare for a Skin Peel?

For the 2 weeks prior to your scheduled peel it is recommended that you use a fading gel if you have hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Retinol and glycolic acid serums are good choices for the prep.

Some things to avoid include:

  • Another chemical peel within 2 weeks of your scheduled one
  • A microdermabrasion treatment within 2 weeks of your scheduled peel
  • Tanning booths  and sun exposure for 2-3 weeks prior
  • Botox and collagen injections should be avoided for at least 1 week before

Ask about drug interactions with any medications you currently take, and refrain from waxing your skin or using hair removal treatments.

How Should I Care for My Skin After My Chemical Peel?

Wait 12 to 24 hours to wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Cold or warm water is best. Use your fingertips and do not rub, itch, or try to peel your skin. Use whatever ointment was recommended by Dr. Kleiman, and begin applying 50 SPF sunscreen along with a moisturizer to the face.

When your skin begins to peel, you can use a soft washcloth to gently exfoliate the dead skin. Expect that your skin will appear red for 7 – 10 days. It is important to not let your skin dry out or it could leave scars. The use of a gentle cleaner, sunscreen, and a medium to thick moisturizer will help to prevent this from occurring.

Avoid stress from excessive exercise and sun exposure. Recuperation time will depend on the type of peel.

If you are ready to rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel, contact Severn River Plastic and Laser Surgery today!