The chemical peel.
Such a controversial topic.
Often when I discuss this treatment with my clients, a look of horror comes across their face; as if to say seriously, you want me to put chemicals and acid on my face?
I generally find that it is the variety of peels that my clients find misleading, which is why I created the article what is a chemical peel, which does a good job of cutting through the confusion.
Now if your a sensitive skin kinda gal like me, then I wouldn’t recommend having a peel.
But if your guilty of being a sun worshipper and have a thick, leathery skin, or your concerned about wrinkles, pigmentation or blocked pores, then having an occasional peel in a clinically controlled environment, can really help give your skin a boost.
What’s The Deal with the Peel
- Skin type
These all play a role, in determining the depth of the chemical peel used on your skin.
But when it comes to getting results, it is the type of peeling agent used and the skin type, which is the overriding factor.
Chemical peels need to be carried out with respect, so an understanding of the skin and it’s conditions is key.
In some respects, preparing acid formulations is an art form and administering a chemical peel, requires a very specific understanding of the acid solutions used.
Prepping for Chemical Peels
As your going to be the one on the receiving end, there are a few things you may want to consider before undertaking a chemical peel.
The FDA sets very strict guidelines around the use of chemical peels, anything above 10 percent, must be administered by a dermatologist or aesthetician.
The product must also have a pH of 3.5 or higher.
In the beauty industry, the administration of chemical peels is poorly regulated, not everyone offering this service is fully qualified.
Therefore you need to do your research well, before committing to a treatment with a peeling agent, if administered wrong it can have a devastating effect on the skin, which is difficult to reverse.
Ideally your skin specialist should recommend you get a sensitivity test, at least 24 hours before a treatment, to ensure you don’t get a reaction.
This is also advisable if your planning to do a superficial peel at home.
Time of year is key
Chemical exfoliants increase sun sensitivity.
In order to prevent photoaging, I recommend only having a peel during the winter months, and be sure to stay out of direct sunshine straight after a peel.
And always make sure your using an adequate sunscreen.