The 8 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Peels

Young woman during face peeling procedure in salon

We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the look and feel of our skin. One of the latest and greatest ways to achieve a fresher, more youthful look is through chemical peels. Skin Revive offers safe peels that effectively rejuvenate your skin from top to bottom. 

Whether you’ve heard of chemical peels before or not, odds are you have a few questions in mind about the service. As such, we’ve compiled eight of the most common questions, along with their answers, to help you make the right decision for healthier skin!

1) What is a Chemical Peel?

Simply put, a chemical peel is a chemical solution made to exfoliate skin. It can be applied to the face, neck, and hands to improve their appearance. It eventually peels off, removing the outermost layer of your skin, revealing youthful, healthier skin beneath it. 

2) How Do They Work?

Chemical peels work by exfoliating your skin, removing dead skin cells so newer ones can come to light. The process helps to smooth out skin, reduce wrinkles, and get rid of other imperfections such as acne scars and sun-damaged skin. 

3) What Are They Made Of?

Chemical peels can be made from trichloroacetic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, phenol, or glycolic acid, though glycolic acid is the most popular of the four. You also have options when it comes to the kinds of peels you can choose from. To treat discoloration or rough skin, you can get a superficial peel. Superficial peels are mild compared to others and can be completed during a lunch break without any downtime. 

For a more advanced procedure, you can receive a medium or deep peel instead. Medium peels, which are typically made with glycolic acid, are good for treating age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. They can also be used to treat discoloration, skin growths, and rough skin. For an even deeper exfoliation, a deep peel reaches the middle layer of your skin to treat deep scars, wrinkles, and lines. 

These peels are great for treating everything from wrinkles to melasma and sagging skin. 

4) What is a Glycolic Peel?

Like we mentioned above, glycolic peels are the most popular of all the peels and are great for targeting age spots and wrinkles, giving you more youthful-looking skin. Glycolic peels are made from glycolic acid, a natural substance that has immense benefits for all skin types. 

5) Am I A Good Candidate For This Treatment?

While chemical peels are a safe option for skincare, you shouldn’t receive one if you are nursing or pregnant, suffer from dry skin conditions such as dermatitis or rosacea, have used the acne treatment medication Accutane in the last six months, or have used skincare products that bleach or lighten skin. Be sure to speak with your doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for this kind of skincare treatment. 

6) Should I Avoid the Sun After Treatment?

After the procedure, your skin may be extra sensitive to the sun, so it’s best to avoid harsh sunlight in the days immediately following your procedure. Be sure to put on lotion and sunscreen every day after you receive a peel. By the next day, you should be able to apply makeup as well, which can help with sensitivity toward the sun. 

7) When is the Best Time to Get a Peel?

If you’re interested in receiving a chemical peel, you need to make sure you don’t have any open cuts or wounds, bruises, cold sores, or other skin conditions right before and during the procedure. 

It’s often best to get these treatments in the fall or winter, or during another period when you know, you won’t be spending a lot of time in the sun. In other words, it’s best not to get it done right before going on a tropical vacation. Lastly, make sure to talk to your doctor. Understanding your skin’s health is the best way to know when the right time is for you. 

8) What is the Treatment Process Like?

During treatment, the peel will be applied to your face. It will dry up and darken, and then peel off. You may feel mild stinging during the treatment, but you shouldn’t feel too much pain or discomfort. It’s best to not start off with a super strong or deep peel. If it is your first time, a superficial peel is best. This way, you can build up your skin’s tolerance and have more pleasurable experiences utilizing these peels. 

Skin Revive is Your Choice for Chemical Peels in Oak Lawn, IL!

If you’re interested in revitalizing your skin, Skin Revive is the place to go. Whether you’d like to learn more about chemical peels or you want more insight into our other services, simply give us a call. Schedule your consultation and before long, you’ll be able to achieve the glowing skin you desire!

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