A chemical peel can help to rebalance your skin and take control of problematic oil production. They draw out impurities, exfoliate dead and damaged skin cells, and bring pigmentation and sebum back under manageable amounts. If you’ve had a chemical peel before, you know the stinging sensation it exacts means that it is working to slough away your surface skin cells. While its working, your skin will need a little time to shed and heal these skin cells, so there are some aftercare tips you should follow. Here’s how to look after your skin after a chemical peel.
Sun protection is one of the most important parts of chemical peel aftercare. Because your chemical peel encourages your skin to shed its damaged surface layer, a fresh layer of skin cells is being prepared to take their place. However, these skin cells are coming to the surface far earlier than if you hadn’t had the peel, so it will be vulnerable to the elements while it develops. This is why you need broad-spectrum sun protection whenever you are exposed to the sun. This will also help protect against burning this vulnerable skin and also avoid the development of uneven pigmentation and inflammation caused by UV rays.
Lighter cleansers and exfoliators
Your at-home skincare routine should change to accommodate your slightly more vulnerable and sensitive skin. If you experience congested, oily, blemished, or acne-prone skin, you probably use quite a strong and powerful facial cleanser. You should swap out your harsh or alcoholic cleansers for something lighter that is more suitable for daily use. This is because your skin is already trying to shed dead skin cells while preparing and healing a new layer, so it’s just not necessary to use strong cleansers. If you do, you risk inflammation and discomfort. This is the same for exfoliating products. A chemical peel performs a chemical exfoliation, so not only is an exfoliator necessary for the next few days post-peel, but it will also irritate your skin.
It’s wise to take a bit of a break from makeup after your chemical peel unless you use oil-free or mineral makeup. Your chemical peel helps to rebalance oil, draw out impurities, and dry out existing blemishes, so introducing more chemicals and more oils to your skin at this time may hinder your results. Your pores will be opened and purged, so it would be wise to not reapply oils that your treatment has worked hard to address. Mineral makeup or oil-free makeup is fine to use, as is tinted sun protection and moisturisers, but heavy makeup is advisable to avoid.
Peeling and healing skin
A chemical peel is aptly named because it will literally encourage your top layer of skin cells to dry out and shed themselves in the form of peeling skin. This means your skin might feel itchy, tight, and dry for a few days post-peel. It will be very tempting to pick at your skin, especially if you see bits of dry skin lifting up in places, but you must resist this temptation! If your body hasn’t naturally shed the skin flakes yet, it means they’re not entirely ready to come off. They may still be connected to living tissue or the skin beneath them isn’t ready to come to the surface yet. This means it might sting to pick at the sting or leave patches of redness, and the vulnerable skin beneath can’t heal properly and risks uneven pigmentation. Let your skin process your chemical peel naturally, and your results and healing will appear faster and healthier.
Your chemical peel in Birmingham
If you’re considering a chemical peel in Birmingham, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Westfield Aesthetics skin clinic. Dr Prasanna Narayan is a qualified doctor and skilled at performing aesthetic and skin treatments to suit your needs. To book your initial consultation, call 0121 4204038 today.