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4 Questions to Ask about Chemical Peels

4 Questions to Ask about Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use a chemical-based solution to eliminate the external layer of old skin, reducing the visibility of moderate scarring, breakouts, and hyperpigmentation. At Glo Med Spa, you can speak with our qualified medical practitioner, Juan Ivan Ramirez, MD, and his team, who will examine your skin’s condition and propose a chemical peel for you. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 9801 Anderson Mill Rd, Suite 120, Austin, TX 78750.

4 Questions to Ask about Chemical Peels | Glo Med Spa
4 Questions to Ask about Chemical Peels | Glo Med Spa

Table of Contents:

What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?
What happens during a chemical peel?
When is it safe to have another chemical peel?
How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?

What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?


There are several things to keep in mind when you are preparing for a chemical peel. You should avoid products that contain salicylic acid, retinol, glycolic acid, and other exfoliants for 48 hours before your chemical peel. Any harsh or abrasive skincare products should be avoided for several days before the procedure.

You should not wax or shave the area that will be treated for at least 24 hours before your chemical peel. On the day of your appointment, you should not apply products to the treatment area. This includes lotions, makeup, and other skincare products.

Do not use tanning beds or self-tanning products for at least two weeks before your chemical peel. You should use a gentle, non-irritating moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. In addition, you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin against the sun’s rays. Lastly, you should avoid picking, scratching, or irritating your skin before your appointment.

What happens during a chemical peel?


Before the procedure begins, the specialist will cleanse the face and ensure your eyes, hair, nose, and mouth are protected. During your chemical peel, the specialist gently applies the chemical solution to your skin. You will feel a tingling sensation while the chemical solution is on your skin.

Next, the specialist will either apply a neutralizing solution or gently wash the chemical solution from the skin. With moderate-to-deep chemical peels, cool compresses will be applied to soothe the skin. You may also be provided with a hand-held fan to cool your skin.

For deep chemical peels, IV sedation may be used. If you will be sedated for your treatment, you will need to arrange a ride home from someone you trust. While it’s expected to feel some stinging and burning during a chemical peel, your specialist will do everything possible to ensure your comfort at each step of the process.

When is it safe to have another chemical peel?


The amount of time you will have to wait between your chemical peel treatments depends on the type of peel you received and your skin’s response to the treatment. For instance, light chemical peels can typically be repeated on a two- to five-week schedule, while deep chemical peels often don’t need to be repeated at all. With medium-strength chemical peels, you will need to wait four to six months between treatments.

The specialist will thoroughly assess your skin during the consultation session to create a customized treatment plan to achieve your desired improvements. In this treatment plan, the provider will outline how frequently you will need to come in for maintenance treatments to continue to enjoy the beneficial effects of your chemical peel. It’s crucial to take good care of your skin between sessions by carefully following the specialist’s recommendations.

How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?


Both the length of your recovery and the type of aftercare required after a chemical peel depends on the grade of the treatment. After a light chemical peel, it is expected that it will take a week or less for the skin to heal. A gentle moisturizer should be used to promote healing. Generally, makeup can be worn the following day. While a follow-up visit is unnecessary, a series of treatments is recommended to achieve the most desirable improvements.

It takes one to two weeks for the skin to heal following a medium chemical peel. After this procedure, you will need to follow a specific skincare routine, take antiviral medication for 10 to 14 days, avoid the sun completely, and avoid makeup for up to a week. In addition, a follow-up visit is required after a medium chemical peel.

Deep chemical peels require several follow-up appointments and an extended recovery time. The treated area will be bandaged, and total sun avoidance for three to six months post-treatment is required. Due to the more complex recovery and aftercare associated with this type of peel, it is less commonly recommended compared to light and medium peels.

It’s crucial to follow the aftercare instructions outlined by the specialist to ensure a smooth recovery after your chemical peel treatment. If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment, our dedicated team of experts is here to provide support. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 9801 Anderson Mill Rd, Suite 120, Austin, TX 78750. We serve clients from Austin TX, Cedar Park TX, Volente TX, Pflugerville TX, Round Rock TX, Leander TX, Volente TX, Brushy Creek TX, and Williamson County TX.