Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
Before You Get a Chemical Peel
Tell your treatment provider if you have any history of scarring or cold sores that keep coming back.
Before you get a chemical peel you should stop using retinols or glycolic acid 5-7 days prior to your treatment.
How Chemical Peels Are Done
The skin therapist who does your peel will first clean your skin thoroughly. Then they will apply one or more chemical solutions to small areas of your skin. That creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place.
During a chemical peel, most people feel a mild to moderate stinging sensation that lasts about 1-10 minutes. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging.
What To Expect After the Chemical Peel
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to a sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by very dry & flaking that ends within three to ten days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until you get the look you’re after.
If you do not notice flaking of skin this does not mean the peel did not work. Differents acids are able to penetrate to different depths during the treatment. Over the following week, the cells separate away giving visible signs- of flaking or peeling. Sometimes this may only be happening when you wash your skin so you may not be aware of the peeling.