FAQ CHEMICAL PEELS
Q: Why should I consider a chemical peel?
A: A chemical peel encourages cell turnover. Like a young child, whose cells are turning over quickly, the skin is constantly changing over, making the skin dewy, fresh, hydrated.
A great way to rejuvenate the skin through this cell turnover is with a chemical peel. A chemical peel can be applied to your face and decollete to help improve:
- Skin tone and texture
Q: Does it hurt?
A: There is mild discomfort with a chemical peel, including warmth, moderate burning, and itching, which subsides or ends a few minutes later.
Q: What should I expect?
A: Peels can range from gentle to more aggressive. The peels we offer will cause no obvious peeling, to 2-3 days of peeling.
Depending on the type of peel we recommend for you, you may experience:
Q: What should I be aware of?
A: All peels are different, and react differently to people’s individual systems.
- Melanin: If you are a Fitzpatrick V-VI (what Fitzpatrick am I?), ask lots of questions about the peel and its appropriateness for your skin. Because people with Fitzpatrick V-VI skin types have more melanin in their skin, peels can also cause hypo pigmentation, where the skin loses its pigment. This is almost irreversible. We also do a test on your skin to check for allergies and skin sensitivity.
- Rosacea: Depending on the peel and the severity of your rosacea, we will recommend a peel, or determine if you should skip the peel.
Q: How should I treat my skin after a peel?
A: Because every peel is different, we will give you specific instructions to follow for your skin post peel. In general
- You can gently wash your face before bedtime the day of your peel.
- Apply moisturizer as often as necessary for dryness.
- Apply sunscreen daily.
- DO NOT pick or pull skin. Allow skin to peel at its own pace. Premature peeling may lead to hyperpigmentation.
- AVOID rubbing the skin.
Q: How often can I get peels?
A: If the peel isn’t too aggressive, you can get peels every 2-4 weeks. Consult with your provider for the best program for your skin. Remember the effect of the peels is cumulative with time.
Q: What do I need to know about sun exposure after a peel?
A: After your peel, your skin will be very susceptible to sunburn. Sun also is the biggest contributor to skin aging. Be extra vigilant about avoiding sun, and wearing a sunscreen containing Zinc oxide and Titanium oxide, with an SPF of 30 or more for at least a week after your peel. We recommend keeping up the sunscreen, even afterwards!
Always call us immediately if you have questions or any reactions after your peel, such as:
- Moderate to severe swelling, burning or redness.
- Itching that doesn’t subside or stop after applying moisturizer.
- Rash-like spots on skin.