An at-home chemical peel is relatively simple. The products are simple, easy to use, and have all of their instruction easily printed on the side of the product. It doesn’t leave much room for wondering what all you’ll experience beyond maybe a medium tingling sensation on your skin as the product works. Supervised peels are another matter entirely. You discuss them with your dermatologist, make an appointment, and then show up for a procedure you may or may not know much about. This is understandably a little daunting for some people. Those of you who’ve decided that a chemical peel might be the best approach to meet their skin needs should be aware of the overall steps involved in the processes. We’ll be taking a step back for a broader view of the process of a supervised chemical peel, but hopefully, you’ll feel more confident in your choice by the time the article is done.
There’s no getting around the fact that you actually start working towards the peels a few weeks before your actual appointment. The professional doing the work or your dermatologist will likely give you a list of things to drop from your skincare routine in the weeks leading up to an appointment. These are typically other acidic products so that your skin has time to be as healthy as possible by the time of the appointment. You’ll also likely received special instructions on how to properly cleanse and protect your face in the lead up to the peel. You may or may not receive specialized products specifically for preparing your skin. The biggest thing to remember is that sun protection is vital both before and after a chemical peel to ensure your skin’s health. Remember your sunscreen.
Actual steps in a peel vary depending on the strength of the peel you’ll be receiving. Medium and deep peels are the only ones that may have extra preparations before the actual peel. Local anesthetic is sometimes used in the former, but always in the latter due to the potency of the ingredients in the peel. Otherwise, it would likely be too painful for someone to sit through. Once anesthetic is applied, if it is going to be, the actual peel starts with the solution being applied to the skin. Light peels will generally have a light, but tolerable burning sensation for the duration of the peel. Anything higher than that level may include extra pain management during the procedure. Deep peels, in particular, will often include detailed monitoring of your body as the chemicals involved are potentially highly dangerous if used improperly. This reason is why you may want to take you time to find a reputable professional when seeking a deep peel. It takes a while and require competent monitoring to ensure your health. They are relatively safe in such circumstances.
Caring for your skin after the peel is also dependent on the level of peel you had done. Pay careful attention to your professional when it comes to particular instructions. This is especially true of deep peels as the after-care is generally much more intensive than the other types of people. Medium strength peels and higher will almost certainly receive specialty care products to speed the healing of their skin. Remember to let the skin naturally peel instead of picking at it so that you don’t impair the healing at all. The most vital part of after-care is proper sun protection. Peels remove layers of your skin with acidic compounds and as a result, your skin will be far less protected from the sun until it finishes healing appropriately. Apply sunscreen if you have to go out even for a moment. Ideally, you should try to remain indoors as much as possible until you finish healing for the best results.
Medically supervised peels are a somewhat unnerving prospect given the potency of the chemicals involved. You can know that you want one without necessarily knowing what is involved. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to find out that the steps involved are simple, compared to other procedures, and easy to follow. There is little to nothing hidden in chemical peels beyond the exact mixture of chemicals in peeling compounds. You shouldn’t forget to discuss the potential of having a peel with your dermatologist though as some skin types tolerate peels better than others.