If you see mild scars, acne, fine lines, age spots, or even inconsistent skin on your face, you may have considered a peel. But what is it and how does it work?
Think of a peel as a turbocharged exfoliant and you’re close. In fact, it’s recommended not to use an exfoliant after having a peel as it can cause redness on your skin! A peel chemically exfoliates your skin, deep cleaning your face, unclogging pores, and smoothing your skin out.
A chemical peel such as any of the Chemical Peels performed by a professional at Family Medicine Austin can cause your skin to peel or flake. This is supposed to happen! Dead or damaged skin is being removed chemically to reveal new skin. This is a type of skin shedding. Your new cells result in smooth, glowing, and healthier skin.
Not everyone who does a chemical peel will experience peeling or flaking. Exfoliation isn’t always visible and it is still happening on a microscopic level. Chemical Peels come in all types and peels depending on your needs and the strength required. Some people with lots of acne or patchy skin may respond better to a stronger peel that results in a deeper exfoliation and dramatic shedding, whereas others who simply want to reduce their fine lines may only need a milder peel.
After having a chemical peel performed, it’s important to know what you can and can’t do. Your skin is more sensitive and it’s recommended that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays. If you’re using certain medications or treatments for your skin, this may conflict with your peel so you may need to discuss this further with your doctor or a clinical aesthetician to determine the best way forward.
To learn more about our Vitalize Chemical Peels, contact our staff today at Family Medicine Austin.