Chemical peels can be a great solution to address a number of skin concerns and visible signs of aging. At Envee Aesthetic Skin Care, we offer a variety of different chemical peels depending on your specific skin issues. But what exactly can you expect from a chemical peel? Let’s take a look at the skin treatment, how you can prepare, and what to expect afterward.
A chemical peel involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to smooth out the texture and treat fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. A peel allows your skin to shed off a layer, allowing it to renew itself and build a new, healthier layer. Chemical peels also speed up cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, leaving you with radiant, younger-looking skin.
Preparing for a chemical peel can be just as important as the peel itself. Here are a few things you’ll want to do before the day of your appointment.
Our experts at Envee Aesthetic Skin Care can help you choose the right peel for your skin and your skin concerns. The peels we offer include:
- Salicylic Peel
- Malic Peel
- Refresh Peel
- VI Peel Precision
- VI Peel Precision Plus
- VI Peel Purify
Keeping your skin hydrated before a chemical peel is vital. Drink eight glasses of water a day and moisturize daily. You may also want to stop using any products that cause dryness about two to three days before your peel.
You’ll also want to avoid any at-home exfoliants you use regularly. This can include retinol and salicylic acid. Check the bottles of all your skincare products to ensure they aren’t hiding in something you’re unaware of. Exfoliants can cause damage to the skin when combined with a chemical peel. If you are particularly sensitive, you’ll want to avoid using physical exfoliants, like face scrubs, as well.
If you’re getting a chemical peel to look your best for a special event, make sure to have it done well ahead of the event. Your skin will need time to heal. Give yourself at least a couple of weeks before the event to get a chemical peel.
To begin, your skin specialist will have you lie down and then apply the chemical peel to your skin. You may feel a slight stinging or tingling sensation, but most patients tend to tolerate it very well.
The whole process takes under an hour, and how much correction you see depends on how deep the peel is. The deeper the peel, the more it can achieve. With deeper peels, a topical anesthetic may be used beforehand.
After your chemical peel, your skin will need some extra TLC to ensure it heals properly and you get the results you’re looking for. Here are a few steps you’ll want to take after your chemical peel.
A traditional peel typically takes three to five days to peel off, while deeper peels have a longer downtime and can take seven to ten days before they completely peel off. When scheduling a chemical peel, make sure to take the amount of downtime into consideration.
While SPF is important all year round, it’s especially important after a chemical peel. Your skin is particularly susceptible to sun exposure and UV rays when it’s peeling and revealing new, fresh skin. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF for at least a few months after getting a chemical peel.
After a chemical peel, you will also want to avoid excessive heat in the treatment area. This includes in the shower. Keep the water at room temperature or colder for at least the first week after your peel. Too much heat can cause inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
Ready to achieve radiant skin with a chemical peel? Scheduling a consultation with Envee Aesthetic Skin Care is a great first step. Our team can help you build a chemical peel treatment plan that’s right for your skin.
To schedule a consultation today, call our Bloomfield Hills, MI office at 248.270.5288 or use our online contact form.