Now that beach season is winding down, you may realize the summer sun has taken its toll. Whether it’s sun damage, acne, or signs of aging, fall is a great time to get a fresh face with a chemical peel.
Chemical peels sound a bit scary to those who haven’t tried one, but it’s a simple procedure that results in younger-looking skin. Chemical peels can treat:
A universal chemical peel is an application of a chemical solution on the face, neck, or hands. The solution will cause your skin to exfoliate and peel off. The result is smoother, softer skin with reduced age spots, acne scars, or other damage. There are different types of chemical peels, including:
Generations Family Practice Wellness Center Perfect Freshen offers two options from Topix Pharmaceuticals, as well as a SkinCeuticals ‘sensitive skin formula’ peel that are classified as superficial peels. For a deeper approach, the Replenix Perfect 10 Peel in Intermediate, Advanced and Universal may be an option. Talk to your Generations’ consultant to determine the peel best suited for your skin type and needs.
The application process does not take long. While some people report a mild burning or stinging, it doesn’t tend to be painful. After the procedure, your skin will feel tight and then begin to peel off in about three days. Many people find they prefer to remain home during the healing process because the skin is red, may look swollen, and then begins to flake.
The healing period varies with the type of peel. The superficial peel is the fastest, healing in less than a week, while the deep peel requires up to 21 days to fully heal. Your esthetician will talk to you about care for your skin during this time.
The side effects of peels include higher sensitivity to the sun (temporary), some changes in skin color, scarring, and reactivation of old cold sores. After getting a chemical peel, it’s critical to avoid smoking and sun exposure.
Talk to our team at Generations to determine which universal chemical peel is right for you and to learn more about the process. Read more about our chemical peels or book your consultation.