Chemical peels are nonsurgical procedures that remove the outer skin layer through exfoliation to reveal a softer and smoother layer. You can find qualified dermatologists at Magnolia Dermatology who can perform chemical peels to remove the outer damaged layer. They will also provide you with aftercare tips for a successful outcome.
What does the process involve?
The process involves your dermatologist applying a solution on your face to trigger exfoliation and peel off the outer layer of the skin. The three types of chemical strengths include light, medium, and deep-strength chemical peels. Your dermatologist might recommend the most suitable, depending on your skin concerns and goals.
The Five Aftercare Tips
Avoiding skin irritation after a chemical peel should be an important recovery goal. Aftercare tips can help you avoid irritating your skin through cleansing, like using cool and not hot water to wash your face. Other tips include:
Do not peel your skin
A few days post-treatment, your skin starts to flake off. While it might be tempting to help it, your dermatologist will highly recommend not doing so. Try and keep your fingers to yourself and let your skin peel off by itself. Do not use exfoliants like scrubs or brushes, however light they may be.
Avoid sun exposure
During the first two weeks after treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to the sun’s rays. You should stay away from the sun for a while. If not, wear sunscreen before you step out. Even if it is cold outside, consider wearing sunscreen to protect your skin since its natural protective layer is still renewing itself.
Avoid strenuous workouts and activities
It is a good idea to avoid sweating for the first week since your outer layer of skin is still healing. The sweat will be unable to escape because your outer skin layer is dead and cannot facilitate the removal of sweat. If the sweat is trapped, it can lead to irritation and scarring; therefore, the outcome will not be as successful as expected.
At the same time, stay away from saunas and steam baths to give your skin time to recover and avoid irritation.
Moisturize your face
Moisturizing your skin should be one of the important skin care tips to incorporate. Lightweight moisturizers will help with skin irritation and redness. Furthermore, they will help the dead layer of skin shed quickly and freely. You can also include drinking the recommended amount of water daily to keep your skin moisturized and supple.
Limit the use of products
Although you might want to cover your skin with products to hide concerns like redness, your dermatologist might advise against it. Applying many products on your face might lead to clogging of pores and irritation. Try to wait until your skin is fully healed to use other products other than moisturizers.
If you have skin concerns and blemishes, visit Magnolia Dermatology for a chemical peel treatment. You will meet qualified and experienced dermatologists ready to evaluate your skin before recommending the correct chemical peel strength. Call or book an appointment online and enjoy smoother rejuvenated skin.