For first-timers, getting a chemical peel is a surprisingly relaxing process. The first step is very similar to a facial with the esthetician cleansing and toning skin before applying the peel solution. Over the next few days, you should prepare to see some variation of peeling.
The peel experience will end with an application of corrective serums, moisturizers, and a broad spectrum SPF to moisturize and replenish skin from the acid solution. You won’t peel instantly but instead, you’ll leave with a glowing and hydrated complexion. Over the next few days, you should prepare to see some variation of peeling. How much you peel will depend on 1) how many layers of the solution were applied and 2) how your skin reacts to the solution. Peeling can range from minor flaking to extreme sheeting.
If you’re tackling hyperpigmentation due to acne scarring or sunspots, a series of chemical peels can help reduce the discoloration, resulting in a more even complexion. For pigment concerns, the peel solution will encourage cell turnover, which can lift spots and promote an even skin tone. These peel solutions are formulated with additional brighteners or flaking agents, like hydroquinone and resorcinol, to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
When struggling with acne-prone skin, those unwanted bumps can be quite a damper on your mood. For acne, chemical peels can help control oil production and reduce the buildup of acne-causing bacteria in the pores. These types of peels can not only treat acne but also improve any scars left from acne inflammation.