Beautiful skin should be a given when you eat healthy, exercise, and drink plenty of water. Unfortunately, hormone fluctuations, environmental factors, stress, sun exposure, and many other factors may cause skin imperfections, scarring, or other unsightly blemishes. Aging may also play a role in having less-than-radiant skin. However, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer and hide behind your hair, your hands, or a large, floppy hat. Many skin problems of the face may be easily treated with a series of chemical peels. After you have consulted with your aesthetician, you should have a good understanding of the best type of chemical peel for your needs. To get the most out of your chemical peel, you may find it beneficial to prepare your skin ahead of time.
Why do I need to prepare my skin before my chemical peel?
Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths and may be custom-tailored to your specific skincare needs. During your consultation with your aesthetician, the strength of your peel and the exact acids to be used should have been determined. The deeper your peel is, the more time you will need to prepare ahead of time, and the more time you should expect to recover. Although a chemical peel might seem like a topical treatment, it actually affects the layers of your skin, with stronger peels going deeper into those layers. With the removal of each layer through the peeling and exfoliating action, new layers are revealed. These layers will initially be tender and vulnerable. As a result, they need to be treated with care from the very start.
During your chemical peel consultation
The first step in preparing for your peel is your consultation. Your aesthetician should inspect your skin and discuss your concerns and goals. In addition, your aesthetician should offer suggestions and advice about what type or strength of peel would be ideal or if other treatments might be better for your needs. During the consultation, be sure to ask any and all questions you have about your treatment plan, including specific information about preparing for your peel. At the same time, you should also provide your aesthetician with a complete list of any medications, supplements, or vitamins you take, as some may need to be stopped or changed prior to your peel.
It is also important to let your aesthetician know if you have had any adverse reaction to skin treatments in the past or if you have any allergies. If you have ever taken isotretinoin (previously called 13-cis retinoic acid or Accutane), be sure to let your aesthetician know. Your aesthetician also needs to know if you are prone to cold sores. All of these factors will go into devising the best treatment approach for your skincare needs, whether that be a chemical peel or something else.
Daily skin care before your chemical peel
In the days or weeks before your chemical peel, be sure to use sunscreen daily across the entire face and moisturize thoroughly. Sunscreen will help to prevent any additional damage, and moisturizer will help to keep your skin healthy prior to your peel. If you have a sunburn or tan, you might benefit from waiting until your skin is back to its normal tone. Also, don’t wax or use any chemical hair removal or skin care products on your face that are not explicitly approved by your aesthetician. The combination of such products with your peel could cause excess irritation. The day before and the day of your chemical peel, cleanse your skin with gentle products and avoid using makeup. Those who wear contact lenses will need to either switch to glasses or go without on the day of the peel.
Some patients may benefit from Retin-A or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) topical products for a few weeks to a month prior to their chemical peel. Retin-A, AHA, or other products suggested by your aesthetician will help to prepare the skin for the peel by providing gentle exfoliation, particularly for deeper penetrating peels. It is important to follow the application and use instructions in order to avoid any unwanted side effects or interactions with the Retin-A, your regular skincare routine, and your chemical peel. However, if you are sensitive to Retin-A, be sure to let your aesthetician know, or if you use it and develop a sensitivity, stop and contact your aesthetician for advice on continuing your pre-peel preparation.To schedule a chemical peel consultation, call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today at (913) 317-9386 or fill out our online consultation request form and we’ll get back to you shortly. We look forward to seeing you soon.