Woman having chemical peel

A chemical peel is a well-known skin therapy which can be light or superficial and it should be performed by a skin therapist because it can cause you severe derma skin wounds. That is the reason why it should be supervised by a medical expert.

In the case of light superficial peelings, they can be done by a qualified clinician as they are no so abrasive. The professional can use alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) such as lactic, and glycolic acids and beta hydroxy acid (BHA’s) such as salicylic acid.

Besides, they might vary in strength from 20% AHA up to 60% AHA, if your skin tolerates better the acid. Your therapist will be able to advise you on the type of strength you should be using according to your skin type.

Why You Should Consider Having a Chemical Peel Done

Here, you will find 10 reasons why you should get a chemical peel treatment. It will:

  1. Improve the texture of your skin,
  2. Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin,
  3. Help your skin produce more collagen,
  4. Reduce fine lines
  5. Decrease hyperpigmentation
  6. Unclog pores and help clear up acne
  7. Leave your skin smooth,
  8. Make your skin look more even-toned,,
  9. Make your skin look dewy,
  10. Improve minor scarring.

However,  this kind of treatments cannot remove deep wrinkles or make a profound correction in a  very sagging skin. If this is your problem, then you might evaluate having some laser treatment of cosmetic surgery.

Who is Suitable for a Chemical Peel?

To be honest, every person can get a peel if they do not present any contradiction; this treatment should not be performed to a pregnant or nursing woman because there are no studies about the possible effects on fetuses or babies. You neither can get a peel if you have been off Accutane for less than 6 months or if you have a tendency to scar, cold sores, if you are taking some antibiotics or if you have cancer or any other autoimmune disease.

As a strong peel can cause more hyperpigmentation, people with darker skin need to take even more precautions, so try to make sure you are receiving the appropriate treatment formulated for your type of skin

After a chemical peel, you will notice your skin more sensitive to sunlight so protect it by using plenty of sunscreens and pay attention to reapply it when necessary. The esthetician might apply some post-peel products..

The esthetician should ask you some relevant questions in connection with your skin and skin care to make a precise decision about the treatment. This professional must evaluate many factors before performing the peel so each client can get the best possible results without saving any skin damage.

Among many other questions, you might be inquired about medical conditions, allergies, the products you are currently using, and the results you want to achieve. You might also consider trying a light peel first to see what effects it has on you and build up the strength for the following one.

All of these issues should be discussed with your esthetician before receiving your first peel.

How is a Peel Done?

Before going to the spa, you should exfoliate your skin so it is prepared for the peel. Besides, it will be cleansed and “degreased” before the peel is actually applied.  The reason for this is all surface oils and debris are removed so that the peel can penetrate properly.

When performing the peel, you might experience some warmth over the area that is being treated. This area might be cooled down manually or with an electric fan.

On the other hand, you may feel stinging, burning, and even itching while the peel is being performed. These manifestations are completely normal and they will stop after the procedure is over.  If you feel any discomfort, do not doubt telling the esthetician about it immediately.

What to Expect After the Session

As it was already mentioned, your skin might be quite sensitive to the sun following a peel so you should be careful and apply sunscreen after your peel. Due to this sensitivity, it is not advisable to do the procedure during summer time or right before going to some place where you will be exposed to the sun continuously, like the beach or the mountains.  

Then, you will notice that your skin tight and a little dry, at the same time, it might remain a bit red for around an hour after the peel. The peeling will begin approximately 3 to 5 days following your peel. It varies depending on the person and the depth of the peel. So if you do not peel after the chemical peel, you do not have to worry this is normal too. Some other can experience mild itching, as well


The peel is stimulating so you would have to modify your lifestyle behavior after a peel not to cause any extra irritation or hyperpigmentation to your skin. Try to avoid excessive exercise with sweating for a few days or any excessive heat sources like a sauna or hot tub. Plus, do not scrub or pick at your face or use retinol products or AHA products for at least 10 days following your peel.

How About Results?

Regarding visible results, they can be unpredictable and they will vary according to each person. Some of them can be seen after days, but some other after 3 weeks following their peel.

For those who receive facial treatment regularly, the chemical peel might enhance the normal aspect their skin has.

How Often Can You Get a Chemical Peel Treatment?

It is generally advised to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks. However, if you suffer from acne, there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you find the expected results.

Most people buy a series of four or five peels up front to achieve the treatment results wanted. What is more,  when you buy a series of peels upfront you will probably receive a discount.

You should also consider buying a deal that allows you to get chemical peels interspersed with microdermabrasion treatments or facials. So the microdermabrasions and the facials can enhance the results of the peel by helping to exfoliate the flaky skin you have on your face.  

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