Chemical peels are popular cosmetic dermatology treatments that can yield several benefits for various skin types. When performed properly by a certified practitioner, a peel can reduce hyperpigmentation, even out skin tone, mitigate shallow wrinkles and lines, fade mild scars, and stimulate collagen production. As such, receiving a chemical peel every 6-8 weeks can make skin appear brighter, firmer, and more youthful.
That said, chemical peels, as their name implies, contain chemicals. If your skin isn’t properly prepared to endure this procedure, you may end up damaging it. At the very least, you might be disappointed with the results. Taking the time to get your skin ready for a chemical peel will help ensure that you get the most out of this cosmetic process. Here’s how to prepare for a chemical peel.
The earlier you begin preparing your skin for your peel, the better. By getting at least a two-week head start using professional products, your skin will have a smoother, more even surface, and therefore be more receptive to acid penetration. However, while you want to start preparing at least two weeks in advance, you’ll want to stop using certain products within 3-5 days of receiving treatment, which we will discuss further below.
Chemical peels vary in composition and strength. Your preparation regimen should be based on the type of peel you plan on undergoing, as well as your skin type. Let’s go over how to prepare for mild hydroxy acid peels, such as glycolic, mandelic, salicylic, or lactic peels:
More powerful peels, such as TCA peels or Jessners, require more rigorous prep in conjunction with the steps laid out above. The steps outlined below are also useful for those with darker skin or severe pigmentation issues:
Whether you’re receiving a milder or stronger chemical peel, here are some additional ways to get ready:
As always, if you have additional questions or concerns regarding chemical peels, how to prepare for them, what to do afterward, etc., consult with your dermatologist. The cosmetic experts at Premier Dermatology Partners can give you the information you’re looking for as well.
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