Chemical peel treatments can address a wide range of skin conditions such as acne scars, fine wrinkles, sunspots and other hyperpigmentation issues, and photo-aging of the skin (sun-damaged skin). Many patients aren’t sure what to expect or how to prepare for their first treatment.
The Right Candidates for a Chemical Peel
Chemical peels have been one of the most commonly performed in-office dermatological treatments since they can address a wide range of skin issues. However, you may want to postpone your peel appointment if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you suffer from certain skin conditions. The use of Accutane, which is an oral medication used to treat severe cystic acne, in the last six months may also preclude you from having a peel treatment. An honest, open discussion with our dermatologist will determine if you’re a good candidate for chemical peels.
How to Prepare
Depending on the strength of your chemical peel–i.e., are you having a superficial, medium, or deep peel?–you may have to prep your skin before the treatment. One of the most common guidelines is to avoid sun-tanning, tanning booths, and any other chemical peel because they can make your skin extra sensitive, which may result in a longer healing process. Of course, our dermatologist will give you specific instructions. Be sure to listen.
During and After Your Peel Treatment
On the day of your treatment, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly before our esthetician or dermatologist applies the first chemical peel on your skin. During a superficial and medium peel, it is normal to feel a slight tingling and/or itching sensation. Meanwhile, deep peels involve a slightly different approach.
When we mention recovery, we often refer to “social recovery,” which will depend on the strength of your peel treatment and your skin sensitivity. Nonetheless, with light to medium peels, side effects such as redness and crusting usually dissipate within days after the treatment.
Increased sensitivity to the sun is also common, so you’ll want to avoid outdoor activities while your skin is peeling. It is also ideal to avoid heavy sweating (from strenuous exercise) for at least a few days.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To learn more about chemical peels and other skin rejuvenation treatments for your specific skin problem, speak with the experts at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!