A skin peel is like an extreme reset for your skin! This procedure involves using a chemical solution to cause the top layer of facial skin to peel away, revealing smooth, soft, youthful skin underneath. While a chemical peel produces amazing results, there are some things you should keep in mind in order to get the most out of your procedure and speed up healing.
Tip #1: Schedule an initial consultation
You should always schedule a consultation before any cosmetic procedure in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for that procedure. Chemical peels are no different. Even though they don’t involve surgery or injections, there are still certain categories of people that might not be able to get this treatment. Your doctor will also go over any pre-procedure instructions. Here you’ll also be able to decide which peel level is best for you (there are superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels.)
Tip #2: Avoid sun exposure
For 10 days before your chemical peel, you will need to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. If you must be outside during the day, use a strong SPF sunscreen, wear a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap, and limit time spent outside of the shade.
Tip #3: Avoid certain medications
Certain medications should not be taken for a period of time before a chemical peel. These include medications like NSAIDS, antibiotics, antidepressants, and some contraceptives, among several others. This will be discussed in advance with your doctor before your procedure. He or she will give you a full list of medications to avoid and how long before your chemical peel those medications should be avoided. If in doubt about whether you can safely pause a certain medication that you take already, speak with the prescribing doctor about whether it’s ok. If not, you will need to hold off on getting a chemical peel.
Tip #4: Use any prescribed lotions
Your doctor may prescribe you a specific lotion or facial cream to use before your procedure. Your doctor may also prescribe a bleaching cream to prevent any darkening of the skin after the procedure.
Tip #5: Use any prescribed medications
You may also be prescribed antiviral or antibiotic medication to take before your procedure to minimize complications if you have certain health conditions. If you are prone to cold sores, taking antiviral medication can ensure you will be unlikely to have any around your mouth on the day of your procedure. Antibiotics may be recommended for some undergoing a deep peel.
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