What exactly is a chemical peel?
The words " acid', 'peel' and 'chemical' all sound a bit scary but in reality all a chemical peel is , is a solution applied to the skin which works to remove dead skin cells [ creating a chemical action].
This causes the skin to ramp up its production of new skin, replacing old , damaged skin cells with healthy new ones.
In the days following some peel treatments , your skin might feel dry and you might notice some flaking as the dead skin cells peel away. This will allow the smoother, younger & brighter skin from below to work its way to the top. This process will usually have occurred after around 7 days.
Can anyone have a chemical peel?
There is not one skin type that would not benefit from a chemical peel, who doesn't want a quick & easy route to glowing skin?
They are great for pigmentation & uneven skin tone because the peel action removes damaged, dead skin
Acne & blemish prone, they also target congestion & blocked pores
Ageing & premature ageing: they help to diminish the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
Do chemical peels hurt?
You may experience some mild to moderate tingling at most.
My in clinic peels are always tailor made to how the skin is presenting on the day and are modified accordingly.
How can I prepare for a chemical peel?
You will be given detailed information that is tailored to you, however lifestyle factors can also play a part; for example sleep is key to our general health and ensuring that you are well rested both before and indeed after your chemical peel will aid recovery; staying hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water will help your body to work more efficiently and help with healing.
How can I care for my skin after my chemical peel?
Chemical peels by Alumier MD always come with an aftercare kit of popular miniatures that include:
Sensicalm: a creamy cleanser to gently cleanse that post-peel dry skin
Recovery Balm; perfect for soothing & hydrating
Sheer Hydration SPF 40, a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays following your treatment.
Avoid at home exfoliants like scrubs and/or acids for at least 5 days post peel to let the new skin settle
Do not be tempted to pick at any flaking skin, just let it fall away naturally as it could make it sore or lead to scarring.
The most important step [ which is all year round anyway] is to wear your SPF , but especially important after a peel as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun's rays.
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