Chemical peels are useful for everything from treating extensive sun damage to maintaining a natural facial glow. What can you expect from this non-invasive skin treatment? Here is a rundown of what you should know about before, during, and after a chemical peel.

What to Expect Before a Chemical Peel

Before you get a chemical peel, you should have a beauty consultation to determine your skin type, your goals, and the best chemical peel to meet your needs. Remember that a chemical peel is a deep form of exfoliation for your skin, so you will want to be sure to avoid exfoliating before your appointment. If this is your first peel, and you are not sure how your skin will respond, be sure to leave yourself a week or two before any special events. Stay well hydrated and avoid any products that will dry out your skin in the days before your treatment.

What to Expect During a Chemical Peel

The chemical peel is performed in the office. It involves applying chemicals to the skin of the face. You should feel no more than a mild stinging sensation from a light peel. The stinging or burning may be a little more intense with a medium-level peel. After the treatment is performed, a neutralizing solution is applied to wash away the remains of the chemicals. This ends the treatment and ensures that the chemicals do not remain on your skin longer than they should.

What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

After a chemical peel, you may experience mild skin irritation. Usually, the peeling and redness will only last about a week. Your doctor will provide an ointment to apply to the skin during your recovery. You won’t be able to use cosmetics until five to seven days after treatment, so you may want to plan on staying home while the skin is red and you can’t cover it up.

Of course, you will also notice the benefits you have received from the treatment. This can include reduced sun damage, less visible fine lines and wrinkles, and an evening of the skin’s texture and tone. If you are looking for chemical peel treatments on Long Island, NY Face Place is here for you! Call 516.294.9454 to schedule a consultation.