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Chemical Peels: What is Fact and Fiction

Chemical Peels: What is Fact and Fiction

Acid peeling is more than just a science; it’s an art form and learning an art include knowledge and experience. Anyone who knows us knows how passionate we are about the results skin peels produce.

Naturally there is some misnomers when it comes to peels, much of which stems from the many myths surrounding the process. Here are some myths and truth’s so you are better equipped to talk to your aestheticism about it:

MYTH: Chemical peels result in scarring and raw skin.

TRUTH: If a trained skin care professional performs the peel, permanent scarring will not be an issue. Redness and peeling are normal with deeper peels, but today there are numerous superficial options available as well as advancements in cosmeceutical formulas that reduce inflammation and rebuild and heal the skin. The long-term effects of the peels are healthier, smoother, more youthful-appearing skin.

MYTH: Only one treatment is needed.

TRUTH: Typically several applications must be administered over several months or years, depending on the skin damage. As skin care professionals, we will assess and determine what is best for your skin.

MYTH: Chemical peels don’t mix with rosacea, pigmented or darker skin types.

TRUTH: There are various levels of chemical peels. The superficial treatments we use follow three levels of intensity including, progressive, mid-depth and deep. Most skin types, including those with pigmentation issues or darker skin respond well to progressive treatments. In fact, peels can have a very positive effect, especially certain blends of acids like al low percent of TCA, lactic and salicylic, L-ascorbic and azelaic, all work well with these skin types.

Now that you know a few myths and their truths, these do’s and don’ts of chemical peels are crucial after your visit:

  • Take before-and-after selfies to track progress
  • Always do a skin consultation on the first visit, before having a peel done.
  • Never do a peel when using Retin-A or taking Accutane
  • Follow the home-care instructions

Skin peels can deliver considerable improvements, but the success of a peel depends on four things:

  • Your skin therapists knowledge
  • Fresh quality peels and ingredients
  • You- and your compliance
  • Follow up home regimen

Credits: Rhonda Allison

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