Chemical Peels: What to Expect Before, During, and After Treatment Q&A
Your body will start to mend itself naturally after receiving a chemical peel. It’s crucial to give your skin time to recover and to use the right skincare products, such as sunscreen, moisturizers, and cleansers. Ready to get the luminous, healthy skin of your dreams? Try a Chemical Peel now at Ageless 3.0 with Dr. David Owers, MD! We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What skin conditions can a peel treat?
How is a chemical peel performed?
What can I expect after my first chemical peel?
How long does it take to look normal after a chemical peel?
What not to do during a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are skin-resurfacing procedures that use a chemical solution to exfoliate or peel away the skin’s top layers. The treatment aims to improve the appearance of the skin on your face, neck, or hands. It can help reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, improve the appearance of mild scars, and treat certain types of acne. Ageless 3.0 is a notable provider of chemical peel services that, when used as part of a comprehensive skincare routine, may significantly improve skin health and appearance over time.
Chemical peels are highly effective in treating a variety of skin conditions. These include hyperpigmentation issues such as melasma, age spots, and uneven skin tone. Peels can also address different types of acne, minimizing the incidence of breakouts and reducing post-acne marks. Sun-damaged skin with signs of premature aging like wrinkles and fine lines can benefit greatly from these treatments. Moreover, chemical peels can even help with some types of rosacea and significantly improve the appearance of mild to moderate scars, giving the skin a smoother and more youthful look.
A chemical peel is administered by a skincare specialist, and the process begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin. The chosen chemical solution, which will have been determined during your consultation based on your individual skin needs, is then applied to the skin. You may experience a slight stinging or tingling sensation as the solution works to remove the upper layers of your skin. The whole procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of peel. You then need to let the peel sit on your skin for a specific period of time before it’s neutralized and removed. The entire process is carefully monitored by the specialist to ensure safety and effectiveness.
After your first chemical peel, you can generally expect your skin to start peeling within two to three days of the procedure, and this can last up to a week. The peeling process is a natural part of the treatment, as it allows a new, rejuvenated layer of skin to emerge. You may also experience slight redness or a mild sensation akin to a sunburn, but these are temporary. It’s essential during this time to protect your skin from the sun and avoid picking or peeling the skin manually to prevent scarring and optimize the healing process. Remember, each individual’s skin responds differently, so the recovery period may vary. However, by following the post-care regimen provided by your skincare specialist, you can ensure the best results from your peel, revealing a smoother, brighter, and more youthful complexion.
The timeline to return to a “normal” appearance post-chemical peel largely depends on the strength of the peel and your individual skin’s healing process. Generally, light peels may result in some redness and peeling for about three to seven days post-treatment. Medium peels might take one to two weeks for the skin to fully heal, with noticeable redness and peeling. Deep peels, on the other hand, may require two to three weeks of recovery, with significant peeling, redness, and possible swelling. With proper post-peel care, including adequate sun protection and maintaining a gentle skincare routine, you can help expedite the healing process. It’s important to consult with your Ageless 3.0 skincare specialist about what to expect based on your specific treatment plan, as individual results may vary.
During a chemical peel, it’s important to avoid certain activities to ensure optimal results. First and foremost, do not attempt to perform a peel yourself at home, as improper application can lead to skin damage. Secondly, avoid sun exposure before your appointment, as it can make your skin more sensitive to the peel. Lastly, avoid using any skincare products that contain retinol, glycolic acid, or other exfoliants for at least 48 hours before the procedure, as these can sensitize the skin. It’s also crucial that you don’t pick or peel off the skin during the healing process after the treatment, as this can lead to scarring. If you have any uncertainty about what to avoid before or after your peel, don’t hesitate to contact our Ageless 3.0 skincare specialist for guidance. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Coquitlam BC, Vancouver BC, Anmore BC, Port Moody BC, Surrey BC, New Westminster BC, Meadows, BC Burnaby BC, and Belcarra BC.