Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Peels: Our Professional Tips

Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Peels: Our Professional Tips

Chemical peels have been around for some time, and are a popular skin rejuvenation treatment in our skin clinic as they can transform the skin. However, not all peels are the same, so it’s crucial you understand which peel is used on your skin and why. Here we answer some commonly asked questions people ask about chemical peels.

What are chemical peels?

There are two different types of exfoliation: chemical and physical. You’re probably already familiar with physical exfoliants such as scrubs that you can use at home or microdermabrasion treatment that we can use in the clinic. These treatments remove dead cell build-up through physical action by scrubbing or rubbing the dead skin cells off.  Chemical peels remove dead cell build-up by dissolving the glue that holds the dead cells on the skin or by dissolving the dead cells from the skin. Chemical peels can be natural or synthetic. Fruit acids are a typical example of a natural chemical peel. Enzymes also work through a chemical action on the skin although they are not usually referred to as chemical peels. At Skin Tonics Beauty & Skin Clinic, we use several different exfoliating treatments including enzyme peels, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Are chemical peels good for your skin?

Chemical peels, when selected correctly and used correctly, can improve many skin conditions. They can be useful for the skin if done correctly and by a qualified and well-experienced therapist. In the wrong hands, however, they can cause damage.  It’s vital that you have chemical peels done by a therapist you trust and who knows what they are doing.

How long do chemical peels last?

The results and effects of chemical peels can last for several weeks.  If you are doing a course of peels and using the correct post-care skincare products, the results can last for years.

Does a chemical peel hurt?

When done correctly, a chemical peel should not hurt. Some stronger peels will feel tingly or warm or itchy on the skin but only for a moment while the peel is on. Stronger peels will never be left on for longer than 3 minutes.  Skin preparation before a peel and especially before a course of peels will ensure the skin can tolerate the peels better, so this is important. Immediately after the peel, we apply soothing treatments such as serums and masks to bring the skin back to balance, calm the skin and leave it comfortable.  Post peels home skincare is critical following the stronger peels to ensure the skin is soothed, repaired and rejuvenated.

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