Happy Second Day of fall! As the leaves change, so should your skin care routine and maintenance!
During the summer months our skin endures lots of damage from sun exposure. Prolonged ultraviolet exposure leads to sun damage, age spots, and much more. The National Institute on Aging has pointed to sunlight as a major culprit of wrinkles, dryness, and age spots.
Do you have any of the following?
- Aging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sun damaged skin
- Sagging skin
If your answer was “Yes” to any of the above, then A professional chemical exfoliation can often give your out-of-balance skin just the help it needs in order to get back on track, as well as giving you a little quality time to check in with an expert on your current skin care routine.
What is chemical exfoliation?
Essentially, this is a chemical peel. A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually remove dead skin cells not only from the surface but chemical peels will penetrate deeper than those manual facial scrubs.
First of all, why should we exfoliate?
In essence, exfoliation removes dead skin cells. This improves the texture and appearance of your skin (makes it look nicer), reduces breakouts (makes it behave nicer) and can improve absorption of other skin care products you’re using (making it all-around better).
What should be done before considering a chemical peel?
Your first step before considering a chemical peel would be to have a skin Analysis done by a professional skin therapist, as well as using professional skin care to prep the skin before the peel. Your skin therapist will then recommend what peel would be best for your skin.
What should you expect during the treatment?
Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped by cleansing followed by the use of a solution to remove any remaining oil or debris. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.
How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Your skin therapist will recommend you professional product to use as skin is healing. U se of cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topical products should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.
Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?
The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.
What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?
- One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams (for removing unwanted hair), and laser hair removal.
- Three to five days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
- Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.
The key to managing your skin during a seasonal change is simply paying attention and being adaptable. Your skin will need different things at different times, so you must be willing to tweak your routine in order to respond. Feeling dry? Maybe use a heavier moisturizer for a few days. Breaking out? Add some acne control for a week just in your problem areas. It’s okay to change your skin care routine based on what your skin needs at the time. Your skin is always changing, and your skin care routine & maintenance should adapt as well. 🙂
Brighter days start here, we promise!