A chemical peel is a topical treatment where a dermatologist applies chemicals onto a patient’s skin to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin to improve skin texture, tone, or pigment. This treatment also allows healthy fresh skin to rejuvenate the removed top layer. Freya’s Lair Medical Spa is a leading aesthetic medical spa in Albuquerque with highly experienced specialists in using chemical peels, evaluating patients for the appropriate peel, and managing any complications.
Chemical peels are helpful for several concerns. Most patients visiting the dermatologist are seeking aesthetic improvements on their skin, making chemical peels an option to:
- Improve melasma or pigment problems.
- Improve fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improve skin texture and tone.
- Shrink pore size.
- Soften old acne scars.
- Remove precancerous lesions on the skin caused by sun damage.
Chemical peels can range from light to deep and may use a variety of different acids. A chemical peel aims to even out the completion by brightening the skin to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, or pores, and improve acne scars and sun damage.
Whichever acid is used, chemical peels are applied to the skin to deliver the active ingredients into the skin, either when working in the superficial layers or going deeper into the dermis.
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What to Expect During Your Chemical Peel Session
Once you are in the procedure room, you will be placed in a laid-back position. Your dermatologist will then prep and clean the skin thoroughly to remove makeup residue.
Once the skin is dry and ready, your dermatologist will begin applying the peel, which involves a mix of different acids. This step only takes a few minutes, and the chemicals are applied in sequence to ensure that the chemicals are evenly distributed on the skin surface, focusing on problematic areas.
The application process can sting some patients, and a cold air fan is available to offer relief. After the chemical peel, your doctor will apply retinol to allow for collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation. Following that is an anti-inflammatory cream.
Appointments are usually in-office. You should plan for about 20-30 minutes, with the peel itself taking between three to ten minutes depending on the depth level.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Chemical Peels
- Do use sunscreen every day.
- Do repeat your chemical peels every three to six weeks for optimal results.
- Do use a gentle skin regimen before and after your chemical peel.
- Do not peel or scratch your peeling; let it happen on its own.
- Do not use harsh skincare before or after treatment.
- Do not tan or get intense sun exposure immediately following your chemical peel.
- Do not do an intense physical workout immediately after having the procedure done.
Chemical peels are an excellent way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin by exfoliating away damaged skin cells. These treatments work well alone or in conjunction with other procedures. To find out which chemical peel is right for you, call Freya’s Lair Medical Spa to schedule your complimentary consultation.