Around the world, the beauty/cosmetics and personal care industry is worth $400 billion. Ever have a day when your skin is misbehaving and you think, “I’d really love $400 billion to spend on my face right now!” Us too. The good news is you don’t need that much for reinvigorating your skin, and it’s one of the more popular spa services out there: the chemical peel.
Believe us, we know the name of the procedure sounds intimidating, but it’s actually not as intensive as it sounds and you’ll adore your skin afterward. We’re here to make sure you know what you need to know before you commit to one, so get ready for some chemical Q and A info that’ll clarify the procedure and your skin!
What Is It?
Good question. It’s an outpatient procedure (meaning you don’t stay the night in the hospital afterward) in the realm of skin care services. Meant for rejuvenating damaged skin, chemicals (varying intensities of acid) are applied to the face causing damaged layers to peel and allowing new, undamaged skin to be revealed.
There are three different intensities of chemical peel that deal with varying levels of skimperfections:
Can Anyone Get One?
This question is best answered by a dermatologist, who you should absolutely consult before making any decisions regarding this treatment. They’ll help you determine if your skin is able to handle a chemical peel and what depth of peel is appropriate. People with fair skin generally have more successful results than people with darker skin tones. Either way, chemical peels are more superficial than anything and won’t heal overly severe skin damage that warrants further cosmetic surgery.
What About After?
A chemical peel is really a controlled wound that heals once the procedure is done. Naturally, the higher intensity the peel, the longer and more careful you must be with your skin. The first two levels will take anywhere between five days and two weeks to heal. You’ll experience swelling, redness, and perhaps some blistering. The third level will take at least two weeks and will have more regimented instructions for proper healing. It’s important to closely follow all given directions to ensure complete recovery.
Everyone has different skin. It’s a beautiful thing about human beings. Taking care of it and building self-image is such an important factor in happiness. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Whether you’re looking into a chemical peel or just want treat yourself, do it proudly, because you’re gorgeous.