Are chemical peel facials the secret to the perfect, glowing skin we have all been desperately searching for? Even if you take extremely good care of your skin, everyday life still exposes our skin to sun damage, pollution, and other harmful toxins that can damage and dry out the skin. That’s where chemical peels come in, even though it may sound a little frightening, I promise you will not regret it.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel facial is a skin treatment that removes the outermost layer of skin on your face. It removes dead, dull, and dry skin cells to expose the beautifully untouched skin that lies beneath all the build-up.
What are the benefits of Chemical Peel Facials?
Other than giving you baby soft, glowing skin, chemical peel facials have a ton of other amazing benefits that will have you running to your dermatologist or esthetician the next chance you get. Here are just a few:
- Improves and overall brightens skin tone
- Smooths texture of the skin
- Stimulates collagen production
- Helps repair the skin from sun damage
- Clears acne scars
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Can you do it yourself or does it need to be performed by a trained professional?
The best thing about chemical peels is there are many different peels that you can do. There are home treatments that can be administered by yourself without the help of a trained professional. These treatments do not tend to be as strong but they can still help you receive similar benefits. The more intense, stronger, and deeper chemical peels are usually done by trained estheticians.
Are there any side effects?
Just like any other skin treatment, there can be side effects that should be considered prior to treatment. Some of the most common side effects that people experience when they get a chemical peel is temporary redness, drying, and burning sensations. Some of the more serious effects are changes in skin tone, permanent scarring, or infections. Prior to treatment, consult your dermatologist to see if this treatment is the right fit for your skin.
What is recovery like?
Recovery after a chemical peel depends on the strength of the treatment that you decide to do. For lighter peels, the recovery time can vary anywhere from 4-5 days, with just some redness or peeling of the skin. The recovery time for more intense peels can be anywhere from 1 week to 2 weeks. Deeper peels require a longer recovery time because the skin will be tight and red, and it takes time for the new layer of skin to develop and become exposed. It is best to do deeper peels when you know that you are able to stay out of the sun for a long length of time, and you should always wear sunscreen and a hat if you are going to be outside. Chemical peels make your skin more sensitive to the sun, and you could reverse the desired effects.