Are you planning on getting a peel? Do you know how you can get the full benefits and best results from your chemical peel? This blog gives some top tips on how to take care of your skin before and after your peel to get the best results.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are a popular and effective way of improving the quality and appearance of your skin. They can be used to improve fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, rough skin surface, acne and acne scarring, pores, and decreased luminosity. For more specific concerns a course of medical grade peels may be indicated that can address issues like acne scarring or melasma to name a couple. Chemical peel treatments are categorised in terms of their depth, Superficial Medium or Deep. We perform superficial and medium depth peels at Clinetix as part of prescribed skin care program.
Before Your Peel
Before your skin peel you need to prepare your skin. Preparing your skin will reduce the risk of side effects and enhance the results of your peel.
4 Weeks Before Your Peel
Around 4-6 weeks before your skin peel your clinical aesthetician or medical practitioner will design a skin regime based on your skin type and skin concerns. Introducing a new skin regime with active ingredients will increase the strength of your skin and your tolerance levels.
1 Week Before Your Peel
Around a week before your peel you should avoid waxing or any form of IPL/ laser hair removal on the area to be treated. You should also avoid any sun exposure prior to your peel.
3 days Before Your Peel
It is essential to discontinue using retinol, topical retionoids, AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) and in the days before your treatment.
After Your Peel
After your peel you may experience some peeling, tightness, redness, mild swelling, flaking and potentially itching and stinging. These are all completely normal reactions! The severity of these reactions are different for each individual, but they are nothing to worry about. Most clients experience peeling 2-3 days after treatment.
It is imperative to avoid sun exposure for at least a week after your peel. Avoiding direct sunlight will allow your skin to fully heal. If you cannot avoid direct sun exposure whilst your skin is healing it is essential to apply SPF but apply it very lightly and gently. Whilst your skin is healing you should also avoid rubbing, peeling or scratching the skin with your fingers. If you do need to touch your face ensure your hands are clean.
Whilst your skin is healing do not use Retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, Benzoyl Peroxide and other potentially irritating products. Once you skin has fully healed you should start following the skin regime recommended by your Clinetix practitioner again.
At Clinetix our team are passionate about skin. We offer free impartial consultations where we can design a treatment plan and skin regime to meet your skin concerns and budget. To book a complimentary skin consultation call the clinics on the numbers below. If you would like more information on Chemical peels click here.