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Is a Chemical Peel Good for my Skin?

Many people wonder, "Do chemical peels hurt?" The good news is that for the most part, chemical peels do not cause any pain. While everyone's pain tolerance is different, most people tend to experience minimal discomfort during the service. The sensation is often described as a tingling or stinging sensation similar to a mild sunburn. Here at LBB we refer to it as ‘spicy’.

esthetician giving a chemical peel

Chemical peels are a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin. They work by removing the outer layer of damaged skin revealing a smoother and brighter complexion. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the type and strength of the peel being used.

Chemical peels are especially beneficial for individuals dealing with acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. The exfoliating properties of peels help to diminish the appearance of unwanted dark spots and encourage the growth of new skin cells. The pigmentation is typically caused by sun damage or hormonal changes. Fine lines and wrinkles are also targeted as the peels stimulate collagen production promoting skin elasticity and minimizing the signs of aging.

woman with fine lines and pigmentation
Peels treat a variety of problem areas.

It is important to note that a single chemical peel may not provide you with the most optimal results so to achieve the desired outcome a series of peels is often recommended. Typically you can receive up to three chemical peels over the course of four months. This allows for deeper penetration of the chemicals and encourages collagen production resulting in improved skin texture and appearance.

Before deciding if a chemical peel is right for you, it is essential to consult with a professional esthetician or dermatologist who can assess your specific skin concerns and recommend the most suitable peel for you. This will ensure that you receive the maximum benefits while minimizing any discomfort or side effects. Overall, chemical peels are safe and effective treatments that can help improve the appearance of various skin issues without causing significant pain or even down time.

Do they numb you for a chemical peel?

The answer is that they typically do not numb you for a chemical peel. Unlike more invasive procedures, such as laser treatments or surgical procedures, chemical peels are generally not accompanied by local anesthesia or numbing agents.

The reason for this is that the discomfort experienced during a chemical peel is usually minimal and well tolerated by most individuals. The sensation is often described as a tingling or stinging feeling similar to a mild sunburn. While this sensation can vary depending on factors such as skin sensitivity and the strength of the peel, it is generally manageable without the need for numbing agents.

chemical peel product on a table
There are a number of peel options. Depends on skin concerns.

It is important to note that some individuals may have a lower pain tolerance or may find the sensation of a chemical peel more uncomfortable. In such cases, a medical professional may apply a fan or cold compress during the treatment to help alleviate any discomfort.

If you are concerned about potential discomfort during a chemical peel it is advisable to talk to your service provider beforehand. This way they can provide more information about what to expect during the procedure and offer suggestions on how to manage any potential discomfort or sensitivity.

So while a chemical peel may cause some temporary discomfort they typically do not involve numbing you with anesthesia or specific numbing agents. The service is usually tolerable and preferred by many individuals seeking to improve their skin's appearance and texture.

When can I shower and be active after a chemical peel?

It is very important to follow the post-peel care instructions from your service provider as they may vary depending on the type and strength of the peel. In general it is recommended to wait at least 4-6 hours after a chemical peel before getting your face wet.

when to shower after a chemical peel
Wait 4-6 hours to shower and 24 hours to workout

Allowing this time ensures that the ingredients in the peel have had an opportunity to penetrate and work on your skin. Getting your face wet too soon may interfere with the desired effects of the peel. It is also advised to avoid hot water, steam, or any harsh facial products during the initial recovery phase as they can cause irritation or inflammation.

In addition to waiting to shower, it is also important to understand that exercise and excessive sweating should be avoided for at least 24 hours after a chemical peel. Sweating can further irritate the skin and potentially disrupt the healing process. It is best to give your skin time to recover and avoid any activities that may cause excessive sweating. By following these guidelines you can help promote optimal results and minimize any potential negative effects on your skin.

What is the downtime after a chemical peel and when will I see results?

You can definitely anticipate some sort of downtime after a peel although the amount of time will depend on the type of chemical peel. The stronger the peel the more downtime so this means that you may experience some redness and flaking of the skin for a few days to two weeks depending on the type. After a light chemical peel there is usually little to no downtime other that some mild redness that will last less than 24 hours.

Woman getting a chemical peel
Expect to see results 2 weeks post peel.

The results of a chemical peel depend on the individual's unique skin type, concerns, the type of chemical peel used, and the skill of the person performing the peel. For example after a light peel you may notice some improvement in skin texture and tone. Whereas with a medium or deep peel you may notice more significant improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Typically you will see the final results of a chemical peel several weeks after the procedure once the skin has fully healed.

Should I get a chemical peel?

Short answer is yes! And these colder months are the perfect time to start the journey, so think October-March. A chemical peel can improve your skins overall texture and tone, along with softening fine lines and diminishing unwanted pigmentation. One of the biggest benefits of peels is how customizable they can be. Even if you have super sensitive skin there are options out there for you to provide you with optimal results.

So what are you waiting for Cincinnati - book that facial now!


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