If you are in ‘midlife’, your skin is probably looking a bit jaded, with an uneven skin tone. If your skin is showing some areas of pigmentation:
people with darker skin tone bene?t from chemical peels. In the right hands: they are a perfectly safe procedure where you go along to the
clinic, have the treatment, and go straight home. If you have it done on a Friday, you should be ready for work again by Monday.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are used to strip skin layers through a controlled process to the desired depth. They are used to treat fine lines, acne, scarring,
and sun damage that results in pigmentation. Before you have your treatment, get a family member to take some photos of your face for before and after shots. Make sure that you get a full explanation of the process and that you understand what will be happening on the day.
What To Expect From The Chemical Peel Process
Before your peel, you will have a consultation with our skincare specialist, and they will explain the details about the type of peel you will be
The chemical peel can be either superficial or medium and deep. The level that you get depends on what you are trying to treat. Your skin is
treated with a mixture of chemical solutions, glycolic acid, or salicylic to exfoliate the skin. The medium and deep chemical peels are applied by a cosmetic doctor and allowed to dry. You can then go home with your fact sheet explaining what to do to care for your skin.
Recovery Times From Chemical Peel
- Light chemical peel 4-7 days.
- Medium chemical peel 5-7 days, redness may persist for a month or more.
- A deep chemical peel will cause swelling and is done under mild sedation; recovery time is at least two weeks
How to minimize downtime after a Chemical Peel
- Wash your face with cold water.
- Hydrate and Moisturize.
- Apply SPF3O sunscreen
- Avoid the gym for a week.
- When your skin becomes normal again: don’t over-exfoliate.
Once the peel is completed, you will feel stinging or burning for around 20 minutes. If you have had a blue peel: you may have a bluish tinge to your skin for several days.
Risks and Side Effects of Chemical Peels
Common side effects are temporary, including redness, dry skin, stinging, and burning. In extreme cases, scarring or infection may occur.
Advantages of a Chemical Peel
- Removes wrinkles and fine lines.
- Removes pigmentation.
- Leaves your skin with a better tone.
- You may look younger.
Disadvantages of a Chemical Peel
- In the wrong hands, scarring can occur.
- The cost is usually not covered by Health Insurance.
- You may have one week of downtime.
- Infection may occur.
Once you have recovered from the chemical peel, get some more photos taken of your face, you will be surprised at the result. A good result
will last for many months, some as long as ten years, and then you can have it done again.