Chemical peels can do quite a bit of good for our skin and the way it heals, but in order to see the top results, it’s important that you know how to care for your skin during the aftercare. We at Rejuvenation Medical Spa have compiled our best advice about aftercare, as well as basic information about the main types of chemical peels. If you have questions or would like to schedule your peel with us, give us a call! We look forward to helping you achieve healthier, brighter skin.
The purpose of a chemical peel is to get rid of any irregularities on the surface of the skin and help reveal smoother and healthier skin underneath. This is done by having the skin’s damaged outer layers removed from the peel process. There are three types of chemical peels, and depending on the strength, you will see different results.
- Superficial peels – These peels are made from AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), and they are considered to be mild. These peels do not need as much time as other chemical peels demand in order to recover fully. Many people who don’t have time to spare for healing time choose this peel. These can be used to treat small wrinkles, dryness, acne, uneven skin tone, sun damage, and rosacea. This procedure is not painful, and some people even mix AHAs into their regular skin care products.
- Medium-depth peels – These peels are made with TCAs, or trichloroacetic acids. These peels are a bit stronger, but they are not as strong as they come. Several treatments may be needed to see dramatic differences, and there is a little bit of pain associated with this procedure. This is a good choice to treat uneven pigmentation, blemishes, surface wrinkles, sun damage, and even precancerous lesions.
- Deep peels – These peels are made from phenol, are very strong, and are only used to treat serious sun damage, coarse facial wrinkles, and precancerous growths. These peels can be quite painful to patients, so many doctors recommend anesthesia to assist with the pain. Also, skin discoloration can come from this peel. Recovery time is very extensive, as it may take a few months. We do not offer deep peels.
There are a few common side effects of a chemical peel. You can expect redness, dryness, and flaky patches of skin, regardless of the strength of your treatment. It’s very important that you plan for your recovery time before you get the peel, as improper aftercare can lead to further discomfort. If you are worried about dryness and flakiness after the peel, you may want to consider an over the counter AHA treatment instead of a peel.
- Superficial peel aftercare – The effects of this peel are pretty mild and may include dryness, some scaling, and discoloration. We recommend that you protect your skin from the sun with UVA/UVB sunblock. You should also keep your skin moist at all times, so use a gentle cleanser and apply a soothing and gentle moisturizer afterward.
- Medium-depth aftercare – You can expect a deep red or brown tone and scales after a medium strength peel. Do your best to avoid direct sunlight for awhile after the procedure for two months after the treatment. Sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses should help when you have to be outdoors.
- Deep peels – These peels have serious side effects and often demand the patients be on a liquid diet for the first few days after treatment. Oftentimes, this skin will turn a dark and crusty brown with fluid oozing from the skin. It will take about two weeks to heal, but redness can persist for weeks past the initial treatment. These peels are not recommended unless a professional urges you to get one this intense.
We know that a chemical peel, especially a mild one, can be a great option for anyone looking to boost their skin tone and fight any minor imperfections. If you would like to learn more about our chemical peels and other services, contact us today! Rejuvenation Medical Spa is here to help you find the procedures that will allow you to both look and feel your absolute best. We look forward to hearing from you and scheduling your appointment!