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Chemical Peel Facial Facts

For your safety a chemical peel
should only be applied
by a licensed professional.

 

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To prevent skin damage, STOP using topical anti-aging
home products 48 hours before your peel.


Avoid peels during summer months

unless you stay out of the sun.

Peels are a waste of your time & money if you frequent tanning beds.

 

Chemical peels are used to treat:

  • Aging Skin
  • Lines
  • Surface Wrinkles
  • Pigmented Spots
  • Clogged Pores
  • Dull Skin
  • Grade 1 or Grade 2 Acne
  • Dry Skin

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

  •  improve skin texture
  • remove dead skin cells
  • increase CRF (Cell Renewal Factor)
  • help preserve youthful appearance
  • increase moisture retention
  • increase intercellular lipids
  • improve skin barrier function
  • stimulate elastin & collagen
  • reduce fine lines & wrinkles
  • reduce surface pigmentation

How frequently should I have a peel?

Best results are achieved with a series of peels.
Initially this can be weekly for a maximum of 8 weeks.
Frequency depends on how your skin tolerates  AHAs & BHAs.
It is common to feel mild burning & tingling during the controlled wound a peel creates as the natural acid solution dissolves your stratum corneum surface.

After your initial series, a monthly peel will help maintain results along with good home care. For aggressive goals a quarterly series of four weekly peels may be your best choice.

Post-Peel Expectations & Home Care:

  • skin will look shiny & tight
  • skin may be pink to red
  • Avoid aerobic exercise for 48 hours as sweating may irritate your skin
  • Avoid scrubs at home for first week after your professional peel
  • AVOID sun exposure, UV lights or tanning beds
  • skin will be hyper sensitive to UV rays
  • You must apply SPF 30 or greater sunscreen for at least 72 hours!
  • Skip depilatories or waxing for 48 hours.
  • skin may begin to flake & peel 2 or 3 days after treatment
  • Avoid rubbing, scratching or pulling at dead skin or you may cause scars
  • sun damaged areas first appear darker before they lighten
  • repeat exposure to sun speeds sun spots (hyperpigmentation)
  • skip using products containing benzoyl peroxide for 72 hours
  • avoid products containing exfoliants or glycolic acids for 72 hours
  • avoid make up during recovery or only wear mineral make up
  • avoid bar soaps
  • use a gentle cleanser
  • use skin type specific moisturizer daily

Are you getting married in the next two weeks?

Because peels commonly cause dryness for a few days as surface layers slough off, it is not recommended that you receive a peel too close to your wedding date. This can apply to any big event when you need to look your best.

If you are considering a peel before your wedding, please start 6 months prior to the big day. Find out how your skin responds to a peel with enough time for it to heal if you have an adverse reaction.

 

Is a chemical peel safe for your skin?

Chemical peels are a poor choice for ethnic skin.
Asian skin tends to be the most sensitive skin type.  Avoid AHA peels!
Black skin tends to be fragile even though it can be oilier & thicker.
Chemical peels applied to black skin run the risk of causing or bringing out uneven skin tone as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (vitiligo) & may initiate keloids.

If you can say yes to any of the following, a chemical peel may damage your skin.

  1. Do you have sensitive skin?
  2. Do you burn easily with sun exposure?
  3. Do you currently have a sunburn or windburn?
  4. Do you have allergies to cosmetic product ingredients?
  5. Do you have chronic red skin?
  6. Do you have inflamed rosacea or inflamed acne (grade 3 or 4 acne)?
  7. Are you diabetic?
  8. Do you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus?
  9. Do you experience keloid scars?
  10. Do you have a history of herpes simplex?
  11. Do you have any infectious disease?
  12. Have you had recent cosmetic surgery?
  13. Do you have permanent cosmetics?
  14. Have you had laser resurfacing, a medical peel or dermabrasion?
  15. Are you taking any steroid medications such as prednisone?
  16. Have you had recent radioactive or chemotherapy treatments?
  17. Do you have any open sores or suspicious lesions?
  18. Are you pregnant or lactating? Are you trying to become pregnant?
  19. Have you taken or used any of these medications within the last 6 months?
    • Accutane® (isotretinoin)
    • Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret
      (other brand names for isotretinoin)
    • Azelex® (Azelaic Acid)
    • Tazorac® (Tazarotene)
    • Differin® (Adapalene)
    • Clindamycin®
    • Retin-A® (Tretinoin)
    • Renova®
    • Acyclovir (Zovirax®)
    • This is not intended to be a complete list.  Consult your pharmacist RE: side effects of any medications you are using to see if they cause thinning or drying of the skin.

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