Chemical peels perform advanced chemical exfoliation on your skin and they’re incredibly versatile. They can treat a variety of different skin conditions, but because their exfoliation is a little stronger than what our skin is used to, there are some aftercare tips you should adhere to. Here is our professional advice on chemical peel aftercare and how best to maximise your results!
Use sun protection
Your post-peel skin is a little vulnerable to the sun, so sun protection is a must whenever you are out and about during daylight hours. This is because your chemical peel will be in the process of shedding your damaged, dead, and dying skin cells, revealing a fresh layer of skin beneath. This positive skin cell turnover makes your skin a little vulnerable to the elements while it heals, and UV inflammation could cause permanent pigmentation changes. Sun protection is your first chemical peel aftercare tip, and it’s possibly the most important one. Keep your temporarily sensitive skin safe, comfortable, and unhindered while healing for the best results.
Use lighter cleansers
When washing your face in the morning or before bed, switch to a lighter cleanser. Your skin is a little vulnerable and sensitive because of the controlled damage your chemical peel inflicted on it, and we need to let it regenerate without irritating the fresher and younger skin cells being developing. Strong cleansers can be far too aggressive on already sensitive skin, so switch to a lighter daily wash that is ideally not perfumed to let your skin heal comfortably.
Take a break from exfoliating
Your chemical peel is a chemical exfoliation, so you don’t need to perform this step of your skincare routine for the foreseeable future. A topical exfoliator like a face scrub should only be used 2-3 times a week, because too frequent use will irritate your skin. This means that after a stronger exfoliation like your skin peel, you can take a break from performing it for yourself lest you inflame and inhibit your skin’s healing. Lighter skincare is definitely a habit that should be adopted post-peel, and your aesthetic practitioner Rebecca Taylor will advise you on when to pick this back up depending on your individual needs.
Don’t pick or squeeze your skin
As your results develop, you’ll notice that your skin is becoming tighter, drier, and itchier. This is a sign that your skin cells are getting ready to shed as dry flakes of skin, which means your chemical peel has worked. However, you must refrain from picking at dry skin, peeling it away yourself, or squeezing at any spots that may occur due to the peel purging your skin. Because your skin is already irritated and healing, any further irritation could cause scarring, uneven pigmentation, and sore red stinging patches. The skin cells beneath the dry skin aren’t ready to surface until these damaged cells have peeled away completely, so revealing them too soon could hinder your skin’s healing and your results.
Use a neutral moisturiser
To help keep this itchiness and tightness at bay, use a neutral moisturiser that isn’t too rich and isn’t too watery. This will help alleviate some of the sensations of drying surface skin while also helping to keep the developing skin cells beneath adequately hydrated. Try to opt for a non-perfumed or non-scented variety to avoid irritating your skin.
A chemical peel, or a course of skin peels, are capable of bringing about long-term skin change and transformation. Achieve a glowing, dewier, more even complexion and the benefits of a chemical peel in Newmarket, Suffolk, with Rebecca Taylor Aesthetics. Enquire online or speak to a member of staff on 01638664782 to book your initial consultation today!