The thought of undergoing a chemical peel for many people seems like a risk that is not worth the reward. Mostly that’s because, let’s face it, calling it a chemical peel isn’t exactly good branding. But it’s also because most of us have no idea what chemical peels are or what they do, and what we do know comes from horror stories and television.
Though we will debunk some of the myths surrounding chemical peels today, make sure you speak to a qualified clinician who will be able to answer any questions you might have about the treatment itself as well as preparation for each session and post treatment.
This is a pervasive myth that just doesn’t seem to go away. When we cleanse, tone or exfoliate our skin we do so to the face, neck and chest. The same thing is true for any kind of skin treatment.
In fact, you might find that your back, arms and hands are also in need of the healing powers of a chemical peel. Just keep in mind that the greater the surface the area, the more sessions you will likely need.
This is one of those myths that is kind of true and kind of false because the real answer is it depends. If your skin is so sensitive that even the mildest topical treatment can cause dryness and irritation, then a chemical peel may not be the best option for you.
But if you have mildly sensitive skin there are low dose treatments available with a soothing after care component just to be safe. But as with all medical treatments you will need to talk with your clinician for more details. Just don’t dismiss it outright because you haven’t reacted well to surface treatments in the past.
Getting a chemical peel for most of us is just one part of staying healthy and looking good, so congratulations. But those of you who think skipping a workout one day is worth the risk to your skin, think again.
The skin has multiple layers and during a chemical peel those layers can become (temporarily) separated. And if you decide to hit the gym (or the sauna or the hot tub) or any other activity that makes you hot and sweaty can cause water to get trapped between the layers of the epidermis. I know you’re thinking its no big deal but the truth is that if you find water trapped between skin layers, blistering can occur which leads to uneven skin tones.
Most clinicians recommend a minimum of twenty-four hours to let skin cool down but it can be as much as two days depending on the length of the session as well as the amount of ski treated.
If someone tells you that your skin needs to be pre-treated in order to receive a chemical peel then they’re getting a cut of the cash. Okay maybe not that, but all you need before you go in is clean skin that has been “de-greased,” so to say.
When most people hear a word like degreased they tend to think of harsh treatments like acetone that strip skin of its natural moisture which will leave your skin dry and uncomfortable for weeks after treatment. You might get lucky and find a clinician who’ll provide this service before each session but if not, a simple cleanse and a swipe of skin toner will get the job done.
Have you ever seen people who have regular chemical peels but underneath the even skin tone are tons of other skin problems? Well that is because this myth reigns far and wide. You need a broad spectrum sunscreen, which includes skincare products that also have sunscreen included because after a chemical peel, skin is especially susceptible to sun burn and other sun damage.
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