I’m sure you have popped into your local pharmacy and stood in the skincare isles reading the benefits of different face masks, overnight creams, and exfoliators before finally deciding to pick one up and take it to the till in the hope you receive some amazing results. With so many brands offering so many products it’s hard to know exactly what your skin needs to achieve the perfect skin complexion.
Does the thought of having smooth, even skin tone, no scars, and no acne marks seem like just a dream to you? With the development of chemical skin peels, this may actually be a dream come true.
If you’ve decided to take the next step into skincare and are debating going to get a chemical skin peel treatment then continue to read this article. We will be answering all your questions!
What Are Chemical Peels And How Do They Work?
There are two ways to perform an exfoliation your skin, physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation.
Physical exfoliation is the one you’ve been doing for years at home with a microbead face wash which removes the dead, old skin cells so that the new layer of skin underneath can take its place. Did you know that microbead products are now banned in the UK due to having an awful effect on marine life and damaging the water supplies?
The second way to remove that dull layer of skin is by chemical exfoliation, which can be done using a chemical peel. The acidic substance embedded within the peel exfoliates the top layer of your skin which causes the skin to dissolve and peel off. So essentially these peels leave you with a fresh new layer of healthy, glowing skin.
What To Expect From A Chemical Peel?
When deciding to go for a chemical peel, its important you do your research into where you go to get the treatment. Read reviews, check out their work on their website or social media, and confirm they have the qualifications to perform the treatment.
There are tonnes of chemical peels, for different skin types and concerns. When you go for your chemical peel, the practitioner will ask you about your skin concerns and what you would like to get out of the treatment. They will assess your skin and find a peel that best suits you and the results you would like to achieve. You will have to let them know if you’ve received any other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers or lip fillers Bristol.
There are three different strengths of chemical peels, it’s up to you which one you choose. They vary in recovery time, opting for a light peel will mean your skin takes less time to recover. Whereas a medium or a deep peel could mean it takes a few weeks before your skin fully recovers. Your practitioner can go through a post-treatment skincare routine with you, and you may be asked to stop using certain products or apply more of certain products.
The treatment needs to be performed on a clean, dry, make up free face. If you are able to attend the treatment with no make-up then brilliant, if not the practitioner will be able to take it off for you. The treatment should be completed with thirty minutes to an hour.
When the peel is spread around your face you may feel a tingly sensation. This is the chemicals diving into the top layer of your skin preparing to dissolve it. The side effects of skin peels vary between people and their skin types. You may feel dryness, swelling, redness and you may physically be able to see the skin peeling or flaking off.
Are there any side effects with chemical peels?
It’s important to be aware of the side effects with chemical peels, they are strong chemicals and everyone’s skin reacts in different ways. If it’s your first time and you are worried about having one, its best to opt for a light peel to start with. However, with any peel, you can run the risk of damaging your skin. The chemicals sitting on your skin are working to remove the dead skin cells, these chemicals will also come into contact with your healthy skin cells too and may cause damage to them. If you have a darker skin complexion, the treatment could leave you with light spots on your face.
Don’t be too put off by the side effects as they are rare, and your practitioner should conduct a patch test and apply the best-suited peel for your skin type.
Make it aware to your practitioner of how many skin peels you’ve had as this may cause sensitive skin for a few days. Always be sure to wear SPF on your skin and avoid sun exposure if you can during recovery days.
What will it do for my skin and do I need one?
- Smoother skin – A fresh new layer of skin will appear, minimized pores, tighter less wrinkled skin, and a new set of skin cells allowing you a smooth complexion, no more dull and rough skin.
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles – As the peel reveals a new layer of skin the fine lines and wrinkles are no longer as prominent. Therefore, this is a great anti-aging treatment. However, if your main skin concern is the aging process and deep wrinkles, then a chemical peel treatment is not best suited to target those issues. Speak to your practitioner for other solutions, whether this is another type of treatment or a product you can purchase and work on at home.
- Evening out skin tone- The peel will brighten the facial complexion and will reduce acne scarring, age spots, and pigmentation giving you a healthy glow.
4) To rejuvenate skin and stimulate collagen production – At the age of 25 we begin to lose collagen in our skin, this is the protein in the skin that keeps it tight, plump and youthful. The peel can unclog pores and trigger the production of collagen.