Many patients may be wary of chemicals peels due to misleading information about aftercare and the recovery process. Barba Skin Clinic offers a variety of chemical peels to patients wishing to revitalize skin or treat various conditions like acne or hyperpigmentation.
Chemical peels range in ingredients and strengths, depending on the specific needs and results wanted by patients. The chemicals in peels cause skin cells to shed off at an accelerated rate, which may look similar to peeling after a sunburn.
Recovery times vary based upon the strength of a peel but normally patients recover within a week or two. Chemical peels are outpatient procedures and some require repeat treatments for optimal results.
What to Avoid After a Chemical Peel
Skin will be extremely sensitive after a chemical peel. Sun exposure should be avoided without the use of a 30+ SPF sunscreen, which will protect against UVA and UVB rays. Patients should also avoid exposure to heat sources as these may induce swelling.
While most patients may return to normal activities after light to medium peels, they should avoid activities that cause heavy perspiration for the first 3 days. The salt and oil combination that results from sweating can block pores, countering the effects of a peel. Furthermore, excess sweating may irritate new skin.
Patients will be given post-peel instructions regarding aftercare and recovery, but the use of any topical acne creams or other harsh ointments should be avoided for the first 5 days. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol for the first couple of weeks as this dehydrates the body and skin.
Barba Skin Clinic will advise patients on approved moisturizers, cleansers, and ointments that will promote healing after chemical peels. Cold compresses may be applied to areas that are red or swelling; fanning the face or area treated may also provide relief. Generally, prescription pain relievers are not needed unless a patient receives a medium to deep peel. Over-the-counter relievers like Aleve or ibuprofen may be taken.
Drink a lot of water to keep skin hydrated and try to eat foods rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which regenerate skin cells. When cleansing the face, use a non-abrasive cloth and do not repeat more than two times in a day. Allow peeling to occur naturally, never pick at or remove shedding skin as this may cause scarring. Additionally, patients should sleep on their backs to avoid scraping their faces on linens.
Contact Barba Skin Clinic
Barba Skin Clinic specializes in chemical peels for various areas of the body including the back, neck, hands, and face. If you’re interested in clearer skin, brighter tone or a smoother surface contact our skincare experts today.