Thinking of getting a chemical peel? Chemical peels come in a variety of types and strengths, and are used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, hands, and neck.
Before getting an in-office chemical peel, you’ll need to visit a medical professional for a detailed consultation. You should be aware that chemical peels aren’t suitable for all individuals—they typically don’t work well on people who have dark skin, for example, as it may cause them to have an uneven skin tone. In-office chemical peels also may not be safe for people who have certain skin conditions, are pregnant, or are taking or have taken certain medications—your dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, or esthetician can fill you in on the counter-indications that may apply to you and your medical history.
What should you expect before, during and after getting an in-office chemical peel? Your medical practitioner will let you know what you need to do prior to getting your chemical peel, such as going off of certain medications. During the procedure, the medical professional will apply a chemical solution to your skin—the makeup of the solution will depend on what kind of chemical peel you are receiving. You may experience a stinging or burning feeling on the treated area for a short time, around five to ten minutes. Following a chemical peel, you’ll experience redness, blistering, or scaling of the treated skin, depending on what kind of peel you receive. After every kind of chemical peel, it’s important to avoid the sun and use broad spectrum UV protection.
After a superficial or “lunchtime” chemical peel, treated skin may be red and/or scaly, and usually heals in one day to one week. Skin can be treated with lotion or cream during aftercare, and typically it’s possible to wear makeup as early as the day after the chemical peel.
A medium chemical peel can take one to two weeks to heal. Treated skin often becomes swollen, with the most intense swelling taking place in the one to two days immediately after the peel. Some patient’s eyelids may become swollen shut, and skin becomes red and blistery. For aftercare, skin should be soaked daily and treated with ointment and antiviral medication. Patients receiving medium chemical peels can wear makeup in about one week after treatment. Medical professionals will also ask the patient to make a follow-up appointment to check on the healing process.
Deep chemical peels, the most dramatic types of chemical peels, have a healing and aftercare process that takes two to three weeks. Deep chemical peels also require the most intensive recuperation period: the treated skin requires bandaging, and must be soaked several times a day during recovery, while also being treated with ointment and antiviral drugs. Patients who get deep chemical peels can wear makeup two weeks after their treatment, and will also need to have a number of subsequent appointments after the chemical peel.
What about in-home treatments? Did you know that you can get the benefits of a gentle chemical peel in the comfort of your own home, and as a part of your everyday skincare routine? Cane + Austin makes it possible with their Retexture Pads and Miracle Pads for in-home glycolic peels:
- Cane + Austin Acne Retexture Pad +
- Cane + Austin 2%/5% Acne Retexture Pad
- Cane + Austin 10% Body Retexture Pad
- Cane + Austin 10% Retexture Pad
- Cane + Austin 20% Miracle Pad
- Cane + Austin 30% Miracle Pad +
All Cane + Austin Miracle Pads and Retexture Pads are formulated with pharmaceutical grade glycolic acid, an ingredient commonly used in superficial and medium chemical peels for its powerful cleansing and rejuvenating properties.
Make it work for you. Cane + Austin’s wide range of peel pads allows you to choose the formulation that’s right for your unique skin type and skincare routine. Whichever peel pad you choose, simply swipe it over cleansed skin twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If you have sensitive skin, start with using the pads once a day for the first week before increasing to twice a day. You might feel a light tingling sensation in your skin—that means the pads are getting to work!
When using Cane + Austin Miracle Pads or Retexture Pads, make sure you protect the skin on which you’re using the pads with broad spectrum UV protection when going out in the sun. For light and effective UV protection, try Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer (SPF 50) or Cane + Austin SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen.
Whether you choose an in-office chemical peel or an in-home glycolic acid peel treatment, you’ll enjoy a range of amazing, luminous skincare benefits, from more even skin tone, to reduced pigmentation, to diminished appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.