The time has arrived: you’ve finally experienced the panic-inducing moment of looking in the mirror, or seeing a recently-taken picture of yourself, only to think: “Is that what I really look like?” Suddenly, the tolls of everyday living have made themselves apparent in your facial lines. Fear not: there’s no need to rush into drastic measures, like surgery, when non-invasive methods, like facials and peels, can dramatically improve skin quality without the larger price tag and downtime of more intensive approaches. With that, let’s take a look at the chemical peel.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a facial treatment that peels away the outer layer of damaged skin, making room for the baby-soft, fresh layer waiting underneath. Chemical peels are used to reduce fine lines, treat sun damage and acne scars, and improve your skin’s appearance by reducing age spots, dark patches and more. Removing the layer of skin that’s been exposed to the stressors of modern living leaves your skin feeling refreshed and renewed.
Is a chemical peel right for me?
Whether you’re dipping your toe into anti-aging methods for the first time, or are a seasoned skincare fanatic that’s simply in need of a touch-up, chemical peels are an excellent, cost-effective way to refresh your skin. While more severe cases may benefit from a stronger method of rejuvenation, most candidates with minimal scarring or damage will find value in a chemical peel, especially those with fair skin or light hair. Although chemical peels aren’t the best solution for deep wrinkles or sagging skin, if you’re dealing with acne scars, pigmentation or sun damage, a peel could make a huge difference in the quality of your skin.
I’m in. How should I prepare?
Consult with your Charleston Dermatology doctor ahead of time to determine the best way to prepare. They may recommend preparing your skin with certain topical creams or oral medication. They may also ask you to pause your existing medications. If you’re new to Charleston Dermatology or haven’t yet seen one of our physicians, find our contact number at the top of the screen or at the bottom of this post.
What should I expect during my appointment?
Unlike a surgical procedure, you’ll be in and out with no overnight visit. First, your doctor will cleanse your skin to prepare for the peel. Then, they’ll apply the peel. You may feel burning and stinging, but this is temporary and should only last about ten minutes. Your doctor may prescribe medication in specific instances, but usually, this subsides shortly after the peel is applied. After the peel sits for the prescribed amount of time, your doctor will rinse your face off with water and apply a soothing ointment. Depending on the results you’d like to achieve, you may need to revisit for several more peels before seeing your desired outcome.
What about after?
Just like when you get a sunburn, your face will turn red and peel off, but this will end after a week or two and you will be left with a smooth, even complexion. It’s important to maintain your results by wearing sunscreen daily and limiting your exposure to the sun and pollutants. Downtime depends on the strength of the peel.
I can’t wait! How do I make an appointment?
Call us at (843) 872-3015 to schedule a consultation. We can help you determine which peel is right for your skin type and specific concerns. Let us help you put your best face forward.