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How to Achieve the Best Results with a Chemical Peel

The biggest misconception with chemical peels is that the skin will always flake or peel, which is not the case. Exfoliation is present, however it may be at the cellular level, under the surface, and not visible to the naked eye. The amount of post peel exfoliation experienced is determined by several factors.

  • Skin preparation: Skin prepped with a topical retinol product increases the amount of peel solution absorbed. It is also very important that your aesthetician degreases your skin with alcohol and/or acetone to remove all oils for optimal penetration.
  • Skin Type: Dry or dehydrated skin typically will soak up more solution than oily skin.
  • Area treated: The skin on the body is thicker than the face or neck, which slows peel penetration.
  • A patient may have an extremely impacted stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) in which case it can take two or more peels to break down that outer shell so the skin can begin to flake.
  • Sometimes a patient can be so well exfoliated that their skin does not need to flake. The peel is still effective and yield results. However, this may be at a cellular level and may not get the visual flaking.
  • Lightening agents like hydroquinone and kojic acid are suggested if you are prone to pigmentation. This will help to prevent your skin from darkening during the treatment. It is important to use these anywhere from 2-6 weeks before your treatment depending on your skin type.
  • Acne prone patients are suggested to use a retinol and a product with salicylic acid to clear the pores prior to a peel.

As important as it is to prep your skin with certain products you also want to discontinue any exfoliating products about 3-5 days prior to your treatments including any hair removal and other cosmetic procedures. If you are prone to cold sores or shingles it may be necessary that you take an antiviral medication such as Valtrex a few days before and after your treatment. I hope these tips help you in preparing your skin for a chemical peel! These tips have always helped me achieve great results.

you are prone to cold sores or shingles it may be necessary that you take an antiviral medication such as Valtrex a few days before and after your treatment. I hope these tips help you in preparing your skin for a chemical peel!  These tips have always helped me achieve great results!