It's supposed to rain Fri. - Sun. so all you sun bunnies may have to opt for some indoor activities! The wet weather is a great excuse to stay indoors and get your skin glowing and summertime ready with a chemical peel!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "at home" PEELS vs "clinical" PEELS:
There are plenty of “peels” that are available for home use. Peels that you use at home provide very superficial peeling, simply exfoliation, and can help you maintain even toned, healthy skin. Clinical chemical peels performed by estheticians have a lower pH than home use products so that they can penetrate much deeper into the skin, will normally cause you to turn red, a lot of time your skin will peel following a peel, and these peels, when performed in a series, can treatment skin conditions such as hyper pigmentation and acne. Simply put – a chemical peel performed by an esthetician will do a lot more for your skin than a home use product called a peel.
What Are Chemical Peels?
There are many different types of chemical peels, and each company that sells peels has its own series of formulations. The peels we do at Bellini are custom designed on an individual basis. We factor in skin type, ethnicity, desired results and other factors to determine which type of peel would be best suited. Most of our chemical peels generally contain a combination of salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The solution is applied to the skin, normally in layers though some peels are simply one layer, like a treatment mask. The peel is either removed at the end of the treatment or left on to self-neutralize. The acids in the peel work to dissolve the top layers of the skin creating a controlled wound and thus allowing the skin to regenerate itself.
TOP REASONS TO GET A CHEMICAL PEEL
A chemical peel will:
1. Improve the texture of your skin
2. Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin
3. Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture
4. Help your skin produce more collagen
5. Reduce fine lines
6. Decrease hyper pigmentation
7. Unclog pores and help clear up acne
8. Leave your skin smooth
9. Make your skin softer
10. Make your skin look more even-toned
11. Give you a “glow”
12. Make your skin look dewy
13. Improve minor scarring
A chemical peel cannot make dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin. Conditions like that need to be treated with lasers or cosmetic surgery.
Who Can Get a Chemical Peel ?
Most people can be benefit from a peel however our estheticians will do a skincare evaluation to see if you would be a good candidate. Generally people with darker skin need to take more precautions before getting a peel and must make sure that the peel they are receiving is formulated for their skin type. The strong chemical/acid peels can actually cause more hyper pigmentation on darker skin.
It is generally recommended that pregnant and nursing women not receive peels since there are no studies, as of yet, about the effects of peels on fetuses or nursing babies. You cannot get a peel if you have been off Accutane for less than 6 months. If you are prone to cold sores, a peel can actually bring on an outbreak. You should take anti-viral medication before the day of and the day after your treatment. Also if you have a tendency to scar, are taking antibiotics, have cancer or an autoimmune disease, or have an open sore you cannot get a chemical peel.
Everyone’s skin will be more sensitive to sunlight following a peel so we will provide you with some sunscreen as well as recommend "post peel" products for you to best care for your skin. Be sure to vigilantly apply and reapply your sunscreen after a peel.
Before your peel, you will fill out a skin care evaluation form and questionnaire. Our estheticians must keep many factors in mind before performing a peel so that you get the best possible result with the fewest possible side effects. You will be asked questions about medical conditions, allergies, the products you are currently using, and the results you want to achieve. You may also want to go with a lighter peel the first time you get a chemical peel and build up the strength of your peels from there.
How Are Peels Performed?
Before you get a peel you should exfoliate at home or have a professional microdermabrasion treatment so that your skin in properly prepped for the peel. Your skin will be cleansed and “degreased” before the peel is actually applied. This means that all surface oils and debris are removed so that the peel can penetrate properly.
How Does It Feel?
Generally you will feel warmth or burning over the area being peeled during the procedure. The esthetician performing the peel will either fan the area being peeled or provide you with a small electric fan to hold over the area. You may experience mild to extreme stinging, burning, prickling and even itching while the peel in performed. Those sensations will stop once the peel is over. We will discuss with you your pain tolerance ahead of time and your esthetician will check in with you throughout the peel so if you ever feel any great discomfort she or he will know to stop the peel immediately.
What to Expect After a Peel
Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear sunscreen EVERYDAY no matter what. Your skin will be extra sensitive and more prone to hyper pigment after a peel.
Your skin will also feel tight and then a little dry. You may remain red for an hour or so following the peel. If you peel after the chemical peel treatment peeling will begin approximately 2 to 5 days following your peel. The extent of peeling varies according to the person and the depth of the peel. Not everyone peels following a chemical peel actually. Some people have some mild itchy following their peels.
Keep In Mind
Because chemical peels are stimulating you actually need to modify your lifestyle behavior slightly following a peel so that you don’t cause any unneeded irritation or hyper pigmentation to your skin. After your peel you will need to avoid excessive exercise with sweating for a few days. Don’t scrub or pick at your face. You cannot use retinol products or AHA products for at least 10 days following your peel. And avoid any sort of excessive heat source like a sauna or hot tub.
How Often Can You Get a Chemical Peel?
Generally it is best to get a peel every four to six weeks. But if you suffer from acne there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you get the results you want. Generally it is a great idea to buy a series of four or five peels up front so that you can achieve the treatment results that you want. Also when you buy a series of peels upfront you will probably receive a discount. Consider buying a deal that allows you to get chemical peels interspersed with microdermabrasion treatments or facials. The microdermabrasions and the facials will enhance the results of the peel by helping to exfoliate the flaky skin you have on your face. These treatments will also help prep your skin for your next peel.
When Will You See Results?
Truthfully chemical peels can be a bit unpredictable. Some people see results as little as 7-10 days after their peels while others may take several treatments to see the results they are looking to achieve.