Skin care is something that many people take seriously, and at Revive Wellness Group, our goal is to help you look and feel your best.
Chemical face peels are some of the most common non-surgical skin treatments. They can stimulate collagen production, making your skin firmer and tauter. And regular chemical face peels can make you appear younger, with radiant, rejuvenated skin.
Even though a chemical facial peel is a common skin treatment, that doesn’t mean that it’s something that you should try to do at home — or that just any cosmetic treatment provider will do a good job.
The use of chemicals on the delicate skin of your face is something that you should leave in the hands of our skilled medical providers and trained professionals.
Below, we’ll tell you all you need to know about what to expect from a chemical face peel and how to best care for your skin afterward. You’ll also learn some tips for preserving the changes in your skin after the peel.
What to Expect from a Chemical Face Peel
Chemical peels come in varying strengths, from a superficial peel with virtually no downtime to a deep peel that can reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and scarring.
Choosing the right intensity for your face peel is important. We can determine which type of chemical peel will help you achieve your desired results after thoroughly discussing your skin concerns.
Before scheduling your treatment, we want you to know what results to expect from your facial peel. We work with you to understand your goals for skin treatment and what you wish to achieve from your chemical facial peel. Depending on your treatment plan, we may recommend additional steps to help you achieve your desired results.
With a chemical peel, you could realistically achieve the following goals:
- Correct sun damage (actinic damage)
- Eradicate very fine wrinkles and reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles
- Reduce mild facial scarring
- Reduce skin discoloration for a more even skin tone
- Temporarily reduce excessive skin oil
- Remove stubborn or excessive blackheads
Each client is different, and while you may have one specific goal in mind, such as reducing the excessive skin oils that cause blemishes, you may be pleasantly surprised at the reduction in sun damage on your skin, too.
Unrealistic Goals of Chemical Peels
There are many benefits of facial peels, but there are some things that this treatment cannot achieve.
Unfortunately, a chemical facial peel shouldn’t be used to improve the appearance of dark skin discoloration for people of color, including people of Mediterranean extraction, darker-skinned Hispanics, East Asians, or African Americans. We will work with our clients of color to find other solutions to discoloration or uneven skin tone concerns.
Some people have unrealistic expectations for a chemical facial peel. If your goals involve those below, we suggest working with our treatment team to explore other options:
- Reduce the appearance of small blood vessels and capillaries in the skin
- Change the diameter of your pores
- Provide a facelift or similar lifting result
- Remove keloid scars (thick, raised scars)
We can work with you to find ways to address these concerns, but a facial peel, even a strong, deeper type, will not achieve these results.
What You Can Expect During Your Face Peel Appointment
The intense peeling process of the outer and middle layers of skin begins during the procedure itself and will continue after the chemicals have been applied. Expect the process to take about an hour, but one of our team members will remain with you to monitor the process and ensure that you remain comfortable and informed.
You may feel a tingling sensation due to the acidic composition of the peel, although the degree to which you will feel it can depend on the depth of your peel and your own sensitivity — every face is different! Just remember that a chemical peel doesn’t have to cause excessive redness or discomfort to work.
What You Can Expect After a Facial Peel
You may notice your skin peeling for about three to ten days after the peel procedure. The type and depth of your peel will affect how long your face peels afterward.
Deeper peels, including those that contain phenol as one of the active ingredients, will take about seven to ten days to recover from. Many of our clients opt for medium-depth peels. These will have about three to five days of peeling afterward.
Keep in mind that the peeling begins on about day three after the peel. If your skin starts peeling before then, or if peeling lasts longer than ten days, call us so we can take a look at what’s going on.
Caring for Your Chemical Peel
After a chemical peel, it’s important to follow all of our aftercare instructions, especially using sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and avoiding certain kinds of makeup. You may have to stay out of the sun for a while, too, until your face is less tender.
After your chemical peel, make sure to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated, and use a very gentle, nonabrasive cleanser on your face. Avoid overheating your skin, too; use cool water to wash your face and keep your face away from hot water in the shower.
Book Your Chemical Facial Peel in Perrysburg, OH
Are you ready to change the health and appearance of your facial skin? Call Revive Wellness Group today to learn more about your options for a face peel, from superficial exfoliating to a deep peel to reduce scarring.