Chemical peels are medical-grade exfoliating treatments that give our patients a refreshed, glowing complexion. These treatments slough away your dead skin cells and reveal a new, healthy layer of skin underneath. While chemical peels have risen in popularity over the years, many patients still come in wondering what they can expect from their peel treatment. Here’s what you need to know about your chemical peel recovery.
How a Chemical Peel Works
Let’s start with the basics. A chemical peel treatment consists of our expert aestheticians applying a diluted chemical solution, often made with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and phenol, to the skin. After letting it sit for a few minutes, the solution is removed from the skin and the treated area is cleaned. The real magic of the chemical peel takes place following your treatment. This is when the exfoliation and peeling start to take place.
Peeling Can Take Three to 10 Days
If you want a good idea of how much your face is going to peel following your treatment, talk to Dr. Fee or one of our aestheticians during your consultation. A more traditional medium-depth peel may cause your skin to peel for about three to five days, whereas a deeper chemical peel that contains phenol may take up to ten days to fully dissipate. It’s important to choose the intensity of your chemical peel based on the recovery process you anticipate and your desired results.
SPF Will Become Your Best Friend
After your dead skin cells have peeled away, your skin is going to feel hot, red and sensitive, similar to the way it feels after you get a sunburn. This is because you’re uncovering a fresh, new layer of skin. The biggest risk that new skin has is overexposure to the sun. It’s vital to consistently use a high, broad-spectrum SPV to avoid sun damage for at least two months following your chemical peel.
Keep it Cool
Like we said earlier, your newly revealed skin is going to be extra sensitive. Because of this, we want to make sure that you’re not only comfortable, but you’re not doing any extra damage to the skin. Following your chemical peel, we advise you to avoid the use of anything that can cause excess inflammation, such as hot water. Instead, consider taking lukewarm showers and wash your face with cool water.
Treat Your Skin with Care
We can’t say enough about the benefits of using medical-grade skincare products. Our aestheticians recommend using hydrating serums and gentle cleansers on the skin following your treatment. Anything that contains hyaluronic acid or ceramides will help to soothe the skin throughout your recovery process. Ask one of our knowledgeable team members which products would be right for you following your chemical peel treatment. Still have questions we didn’t answer? Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Fee and our aestheticians today.
Timothy E. Fee, MD, FACS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Fee is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest and most prestigious organization of plastic surgeon in the United States. A former President of the Greater Jacksonville Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Fee has published and participated in several peer reviewed journals.
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