To Peel or Not to Peel

To Peel or Not to Peel

Deep peels have a way of at once being an appealing and slightly intimidating skin care option. Plenty of jokes have been made at the expenses of early peels and what people’s skin looked like during the recovery period then. As with all technologies, peels have improved a great deal since the time when pop culture seems to insist on them remaining frozen. It doesn’t take away the potential air of intimidation from the potential potency of a peel. Whether it’s over-the-counter or supervised, a peel is a distinct skin care choice that you need to provide aftercare for to get the most out of it. This tends to leave a lot of questions surrounding peels. The good news is that we’re going to try to answer the most relevant question about peels: Should I get a peel when I have…

Dry Skin?
As a powerful form of exfoliation, peels are actually relatively good for dry skin when handled appropriately. Dry skin has a habit of building up the protective layers of dead skin faster than other skin types. This leads to a dulled shine and, in some cases, visible cracking. The main point to remember is that anyone with dry skin should necessarily be moisturizing their skin routinely to help maintain healthy moisture levels. There’s nothing to actually say people with dry skin should outright avoid a peel. You will likely have more concerns surrounding aftercare and potential effects that might happen to your skin though. As a result, you should talk to a dermatologist when considering even an over-the-counter peel when you have dry skin. The dermatologist can give you a clearer picture of any potential extra care you’ll need to give your skin to make the most of a peel.

Sensitive Skin?
This is one of the few instances where you might wish to consider options outside of peels. Sensitive skin reacts strongly to almost any products applied to it and as a result, the general rule is to always use the gentlest possible methods to avoid lasting skin irritation. The sheer potency of even over-the-counter peels is more than enough that it has the potential to severely irritate sensitive skin. It could even damage the skin depending on precisely how sensitive your skin at a given time. If you’re set on a peel to help you cultivate timeless beauty, then you should always talk to a dermatologist. As a professional, your dermatologist should be able to have an informed conversation with you about your skin care concerns and provide you with ways to achieve the care you want. This should hopefully result in a way beyond a peel to help your skin. If another method is not available, then follow any directions your dermatologist gives you to the letter. The chances of painful damage to the skin are too high for sensitive skin to risk randomly trying a peel.

Oily Skin?
Oily skin is technically one of the skin types that needs to be the least concerned about the potential effectiveness of a peel. Most peeling agents use many of the acidic compounds found in standard, over-the-counter chemical exfoliating products. Salicylic acid, a popular ingredient in oil control products, is particularly common in peels as well. There are no true special concerns when it comes to oily skin and peels. The main things to remember are to discuss things openly with your dermatologist and make sure you have a clear understanding of any necessary aftercare. Everyone’s skin becomes sensitized by a peel and as a result, it is easier to irritate from other products or from sun exposure. Talking with your doctor should be all that is necessary.

Peels don’t need to be as potentially daunting as people can come to think they are by reputation. Supervised peels are relatively common cosmetic procedures with a known list of potential complications and positive outcomes. As long as a professional is overseeing the treatment, there are actually relatively few issues that you need to worry about. Just make sure that any over-the-counter peeling product you choose to use is of high quality as there is a problem with low-quality products causing damage to the skin. Don’t hesitate to consider a peel if you feel that’s what you need to help you take your beauty to the next level.

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