Skin Peel FAQs
Questions about a chemical peel? Below are some common skin peel FAQs.
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Will a chemical peel help my skin?
A chemical peel is a procedure that rejuvenates skin. Most individuals find benefit from the application of glycolic acid. In almost all cases, patients will notice improved vitality of skin.
How long does it take to have a chemical peel?
About thirty minutes in total, hence it has often been referred to as “the lunch time peel.”
Can I go right back to work?
In most cases, work or other normal activities may be resumed immediately.
Is a chemical peel painful?
No. There is a mild degree of “tingling” or a slightly itchy sensation while the glycolic acid is in contact with the skin. Upon neutralizing the peel, the skin feels fresh and smooth without discomfort.
Can I go out into the sun after having a chemical peel?
You may go outside, but sunscreen must be worn for a few days after the peel as your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure.
Will I see results after one peel?
Yes, most people notice a difference in their skin after one treatment; however, we usually recommend a series of peels to achieve optimal results.
How many chemical peels should I have and how often is it recommended?
Many individuals find that a peel performed every four to six weeks gives optimal results. Glycolic acid peels complement the regular use of other products such as glycolic acid containing preparations that can be used on a regular basis at home. The short term exposure of a higher concentration of glycolic acid on a periodic basis helps maintain skin health and appearance.
Will I be red and flaky after a peel?
Depends on the type of peel. Some can cause some minor redness and flakiness, but at AllenMay Salon and Day Spa our estheticians work hard to gradually introduce your skin to the peeling products to prevent this. However, in the event of some flakiness or peeling, we do have some post-peel skin care products which can be used to treat irritation.
Why should I “prep” my skin before a peel?
During the consultation, home care products may be recommended to prep the skin a few weeks before your first peel and to use throughout the series of treatments. We recommend prepping the skin to achieve desired results and to reduce the possibility of negative side effects from a peel.
Is there anything I should avoid before having a chemical peel?
You should avoid products containing Retinol or Retin-A, Alpha-Hydroxy acids, topical prescription acne products, and exfoliating scrubs. Avoidance of the sun is necessary one week prior to your treatment. You must also be off Accutane one year prior to any peeling treatments.
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