8 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Chemical Peel:
1. Having your skin in great shape before the peel is imperative.
Sure you can get a peel without healthy skin, but if you really want great results, and have a better heal time you should always prep. I would suggest ZO MULTI THERAPY SYSTEM.
2. Peeling is nothing more than exfoliation.
It seems kind of scary to have your skin flaking off, but this is the only way to get down to the newer, healthier skin. If you would like to speed up the peeling process so you don't have as much downtime, it is recommended to prep the skin with the ZO MULTI THERAPY SYSTEM
3. Using a skin brightener 2 weeks prior can help reduce your risk of post-procedure hyperpigmentation.
Using Tretinoin with a Hydroquoinone product helps suppress melanin production after a peel to ensure dark spots don’t pop up afterward.
4. Ask your skin professional which peel is right for you.
You may not want to visibly see the exfoliation process (zero downtime) so a 70% lactic acid peel may be better for you! Peeling doesn’t bother you? A Jessner’s Peel or TCA may be what you are looking for. Make sure you let your skin care professional what makes you most comfortable.
5. Chemical peels are not just for your face.
That’s right! Don't save all the good stuff for your face. Peels can also be applied to your hands and chest to remove dark spots or acne trouble spots like chest and back.
6. Go in with realistic expectations.
If you have raised scarring, a chemical peel isn’t going to remove it. If you have several years of damage on your skin, a single peel isn’t going to remove that, either. It will, however, smooth, tighten and brighten your skin leaving you with a more youthful appearance.
7. One peel isn’t going to do the trick.
Unless you opt for a deeper TCA peel, one isn’t going to give you the results you want. A series is by far the best way to get optimal results. Your skin care professional can you determine what type of series would be best for you.
8. Sunscreen should be your best friend.
You already know how we feel about wearing sunscreen every day anyway, but after a chemical peel, it is a necessity to maintain your results. ZO Medical, Obagi Medical and Colorescience are the perfect choice because it is broad-spectrum and oil-free so you can easily wear it under your makeup.