What to Expect During a Chemical Peel

08 Nov

While not all chemical peels are created equally, most are easily categorized the same in the "what to expect" area. Chemical peels are a wonderful skin treatment for individuals who have an at home skin routine already established. Most estheticians/skin therapists will not administer a chemical peel on a first time client for various reasons, but mostly due to not knowing how their client's skin reacts to certain products.

When you book your appointment, you should receive information explaining pre and post care for your chemical peel service. This ensures that your skin is fully prepared for the treatment. Most chemical peels last between 45 minutes to an hour but vary on skin reactivity and peeling can last about 10 days depending on depth of the peel. Most estheticians will ask that you refrain from using Retin-A for 72 hours prior to your service, while it has been argued that you can continue using it as normal. This all depends on the peel you are receiving as well as the  

I always explain to my clients that they must have an established home care routine and follow it religiously. A chemical peel is not a regular facial and takes preparation of the skin prior to the service. If you are on Accutane (also known as isotretinoin), you unfortunately can not get a chemical peel for 6 months after your last dose. Pregnancy is also a contraindication in most chemical peels, but there are quite a few options for lighter enzyme peels for acne due to pregnancy.

So what are the different types of chemical peel? There are so many peels to mention, but notably the most common peels are the Jessner's Peel, Vitamin A Peel, Salicylic Acid Peel, Enzyme Peels, Glycolic Acid Peels, AHA Peels and many others.

During your service, you may be given a fan to adjust during the treatment. Most times some sensation is to be expected. Your skin therapist will begin by thoroughly cleansing your skin and removing any lipids left on your skin. Once your skin is fully cleansed, they will begin the peel portion of the session. Depending on the type of peel you are receiving you may have some sensitivity. Some peels are timed peels, meaning that the product is applied an left on the skin to continually work. Some peels are layered peels where your skin therapist applies multiple layers of the peel to achieve a frost. This type of peel is a bit more intense, and normally results in your skin peeling a few days after the peel. 

Although the experience may range from no sensation to high sensation, you should never be in pain. Having an open line of communication at all times with your Skin Therapist is essential to achieve the best results for your skin. Always be honest with yourself as well as your therapist when receiving your chemical peel. If at any time, the peel is to intense, immediately inform your therapist. 

I hope you fall in love with chemical peels as much as I love them! They are a game changer for your skin!

As always, thank you for following my blog, I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day!

Dawna G. Licensed Esthetician

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