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Showing our best, healthiest skin is something we all want. Being able to turn back the hands of time – even just a little – can do worlds for how we feel and can provide a healthy foundation for dermatological upkeep.
Receiving a chemical peel that’s right for you can do just that!
Chemical peels are treatments provided by a trained professional in which your face and neck undergo a peeling process by way of different levels of acids that are applied.
Essentially, a skincare professional applies an acid-based substance to your skin and over the course of a few days to a week, your skin responds by peeling and eventually flaking off to reveal the healthy skin underneath.
Glycolic peels, Salicylic peels, and trichloroacetic acids are among the most popular chemical peel treatments. These stimulate the new growth of skin cells and collagen by removing dead and unwanted superficial layers of skin that build-up, creating a dull complexion.
Chemical peels induce a temporary and effective inflammatory response that promotes blood flow and signals the body to generate new tissue.
So in essence, the top layer of dull skin is peeled away and new, fresh, healthy skin is left in its place.
The length of time will vary from patient to patient. Because each person’s skin is so unique, only a trained professional can formulate a proper peel regimen and treatment for you.
The longer your treatment, the deeper the peel. Meaning, if you suffer from extensive acne scarring and deeper wrinkles, your treatment time will take longer than those only treating superficial ailments or those who just want to maintain their current level of skin health.
Directly following a chemical peel is different for everyone. However, you can typically expect redness and tightness in the first day with your skin feeling like a mild sunburn.
The days that follow will depend most on the level of peel and how your personal skin heals.
You can often expect some level of dryness, peeling, and flaking before you see the true results. This process can take anywhere from a couple days to a full week.