Because the winter weather is typically colder and dry due to less moisture in the air, skin becomes dehydrated and cracked. Chemical peels are designed to remove dry and damaged skin from your face. It enhances skin glow and radiance by inducing production of new collagen and stimulating new healthy skin cell growth. It is especially good for those suffering from rosacea and eczema to get peels in the winter. A chemical peel is designed to rid your skin of sunspots, coarse wrinkles, dark spots or poor pigmentation. So please contact us if you are looking for help with your skin and your curious about what a chemical peel can do for you.
The downtime for the superficial peels is usually 2-3 days. Just use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and spf. For the medium depth peels the downtime can be 7 - 14 days just depends on the peel and how well your skin is prepared. Usually your post care is included in the cost of your peel.
Preparation for your chemical peel is very important but most places don't stress the reason for that. Let me explain . If you just apply a chemical peel to an uneven and rough unprepared surface. What you will get is some areas take up the peel and others that don't get enough acid penetration. Therefore you may see some peeling in certain areas but not all over. And if that's okay for you , that's fine but if you want better results I say pretreat your skin. And another reason to pretreat your skin if you are medium to dark skin, is to prevent PIH (Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation). What we are doing when we pre treat dark skin is slowing down the melanin production along with evening your skin tone
For glycolic, mandelic, salicylic and lactic acid peels the preparation is minimal . I recommend our Glycolic Cleansers or our Pre Exfoliating Kit.
One of the simplest things you can do is use an acid based cleanser. Acids help to thin the stratum corneum so your skin is more even and ready to accept any treatments , especially a peel.
During the day time, follow your acid cleanser with an antioxidant like our vitamin C serum to aid in not only brightening and evening your skin tone, but it helps in stimulating regeneration in the skin too.
Another way to prepare your skin is using Acid Serums. This will aid in exfoliating the dead skin build up and a serum with a combination of acids like our glycolic, mandelic and lactic serum in a hydrating hyaluronic acid base. I always recommend using these at night before your moisturizers.
This preparation program is for all AHA peels and also our Summer Party Peels, to aid in protecting your skin and getting you the ultimate results of your peel.
Now for stronger peels like TCA's and Jessners or if you have medium - dark skin tone or you have severe pigmentation challenge, you will need to do more for preparation.
These peels, I find that preparing the skin with Retinoids instead of hydroxy acids ( only if your skin can tolerate it) works better. If you have Tretinoin from your doctor, it will do. But if you do not I highly recommend our Retinol/Glycolic pads . They will help to thin the ourtermost layer of dead skin as well as pre-treat any pigmentation your dealing with and also it stimulates collagen production.(added bonus)
**Using Retinol prior to a peel will help with healing, Vitamin A puts your skin into hyper-regenerative state. This means your pimples heal faster, pigmentation is reduced more quickly and of course your skin heals faster after treatments.
The other product that is a must if you have dark skin and have pigmentation issues is your melanin inhibitor. The melanin inhibitor helps to slow down melanin production in the skin, as well as begins the lightening process of your pigmentation on the epidermis.
Use of the melanin inhibitor is at least 2 weeks but longer is better.
Our Retinol /glycolic pads are great for that also because it contains Kojical and Arbutin and we also have a Ultra Lightening Serum with 2% Kojic Acid and 2% hydroquinone.
Every one is different and it will be up to your skincare therapist which would be best for each individual based on your consultation.
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