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The Truth About Chemical Peels: Are They Bad For You? September 2023

Updated: October 9, 2022

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Chemical peels are one of the most popular beauty treatments in the world. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox swear by them! But are they really bad for you? In this post, we will discuss the truth about chemical peels. We will talk about the benefits and drawbacks of this treatment, and we will help you decide if it is right for you!

1. What are chemical peels and what do they do to your skin?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that uses chemicals to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne, and more. The chemicals in the peel work to break down the top layer of skin, revealing fresh, new skin underneath.

There are three different types of chemical peel depths: light, medium, and deep. Light peels are the most gentle and are typically used to treat surface-level concerns like dryness or uneven skin tone. Medium peels are a bit more intense and can help to improve the appearance of deeper wrinkles or acne scars. Deep peels are the strongest and are used to treat the most severe skin concerns, like deep pigmentation or extensive sun damage.

Most chemical peels are performed by a qualified aesthetician in a medical spa or dermatologist’s office. The length of the treatment will depend on the type of peel being used.

2. The risks associated with chemical peels

There are some risks associated with chemical peels, but they are typically mild and temporary. The most common side effects include skin irritation, redness, and swelling. These side effects usually go away within a few days to a week. More serious side effects are rare, but can include scarring and infection.

3. The benefits of chemical peels

Chemical peels offer a variety of benefits for the skin. They can improve the appearance of pigmentation, sun damage, and acne scars. They can also help to even out skin tone and texture. If you are considering a chemical peel, it is important to consult with a qualified aesthetician or dermatologist to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

4. How to prepare for a peel and what to expect afterwards

Before your peel, your aesthetician will thoroughly cleanse your skin. They may also apply a numbing cream to help reduce any discomfort during the treatment.

During the peel, you will likely feel a burning or stinging sensation. This is normal and should subside within a few minutes. Your aesthetician will then apply the chemical solution to your skin and wait for it to take effect. The length of time will depend on the type of peel being used.

After the peel, your skin will be red and sensitive. It is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen during this time. Most side effects should subside within a few days to a week.

If you are considering a chemical peel, it is important to consult with a qualified aesthetician or dermatologist to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Chemical peels can offer many benefits for the skin, but there are also some risks involved. With the help of a professional, you can decide if a chemical peel is right for you.

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa