If you are considering getting a chemical peel, you’re probably wondering what will happen after the procedure and what the aftercare will involve. Chemical peels are one of the most popular treatments at our practice because they are non-invasive and effectively treat fine lines, hyperpigmentations, acne scarring, and other issues. Here is what you need to know following your session:
To understand possible side effects, you should first understand what a chemical peel does. Chemical peels apply agents such as glycolic and salicylic acids to the skin’s top layer, removing it to reveal new skin underneath. Redness is to be expected after treatment, but this should clear up shortly.
Each person reacts differently to their treatment. Those with sensitive skin may experience more side effects, but overall, discomfort should be very minor. Patients can relieve any discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers. In the first several hours following treatment, patients may have some redness, tingling, burning, or irritation. Within two to three days, your skin may begin to flake or peel around the creases, and you may notice dryness.
You may notice discolorations or imperfections temporarily become more prominent as you shed dead skin cells. The skin may also become darker than usual. This is normal as the peels lift imperfections up and out of the skin. Seven to fourteen days after treatment, new skin should emerge, but some patients may still notice redness or skin that is lighter or darker in some spots. Within a few weeks, all side effects should begin to subside and your skin will be cleared.
When you schedule a chemical peel at Method Aesthetics, you’ll receive a set of instructions that you should follow for a specified length of time to achieve the best possible outcome. Engaging in essential aftercare is important because peels remove your skin’s outer layer of protection. Your specific guidelines may differ, but the following are general tips you should follow after receiving a chemical peel:
• Stay out of direct sunlight and use full-spectrum sunblock whenever you go outside.
• Avoid picking at your skin when it begins to flake so your face doesn’t scar.
• Don’t use exfoliating brushes or scrubs until your skin is fully healed.
• Skip strenuous exercise and excessive heat, which can worsen post-treatment side effects.
• Use gentler cleansing products while your skin heals
• Sparingly use a lightweight moisturizer
• Keep hair away from your face to minimize irritation
Some patients become alarmed after their first chemical peel because their skin looks “bad” following the procedure. However, the skin rejuvenation process following the peel takes time. Many patients frequently need more than one peel to accomplish their desired results. Discussing your goals with our highly qualified professionals will help determine how many treatments you need.
The professionals at Method Aesthetics are committed to delivering exceptional results for chemical peels while prioritizing patient safety. You know your skin and body better than anyone else. If you are interested in starting your journey to rejuvenated skin, book an appointment with us. We’re here for you and your skin’s needs.Return to Overview