One of the most popular cosmetic procedures of 2020 is a chemical peel. More and more people are choosing to undergo these procedures to fix their acne, age spots, complexion, and more. If you are looking to improve your skin, you might want to consider game-changing chemical peels. Don’t be intimidated; our South Florida dermatologist Dr. Wassef is here to share a few things you should expect after your first chemical peel.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

Before we jump into what you can expect after your first chemical peel, let’s go over what, exactly, you’re getting yourself into. The cosmetic treatment is applied to your face, hands, neck, and chest to diminish signs of aging as well as heal scars, skin tone, and acne. Chemical solutions are applied to your skin to exfoliate and then peel off over time. After the chemicals peel off your skin, you are left with a new layer of skin that is smoother and repaired. Before you treat yourself to a chemical peel, it’s important to tell your dermatologist of any medical conditions you have. Some medications and lifestyle factors can affect your experience. Before your first chemical peel, make sure you are open and honest with your doctors.

The Chemical Peel Recovery Process

After your first chemical peel, it’s essential to understand your skin will be extremely dry due to the cosmetic procedure. Depending on the type of chemical peel procedure you undergo, recovery can take anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks. Mild chemical peels that penetrate the outer layer of skin will take less time to heal rather than deep chemical peels that remove age spots, freckles and scars, which will take a longer time to recuperate. On average, chemical peels recover within a week.

Keep in mind your skin is going to look worse before it gets better. Your skin is quite frankly peeling off and shedding. A few days after your chemical peel treatment, you will most likely be experiencing intense levels of peeling. Make sure you stay hydrating throughout your chemical peel recovery process. Due to the extreme levels of dryness that may occur, it’s vital you drink adequate amounts of water.

After your chemical peel and throughout recovery, be very careful when washing your face. Use only cold water, a gentle soap, avoid scrubs and harsh washes, and be cautious if you touch the treated area. Avoid direct sunlight during your chemical peel recovery and continue using sunscreen for further protection when leaving your home. Avoid picking and rubbing your skin or you will end up scarring your skin. Remember to trust the process. Your skin is going to look better than ever before after your chemical peel.

Your first chemical peel is going to improve your skin dramatically. Our expert staff and our dermatologist in South Florida is here to walk you through the entire process and answer any questions that may arise. Don’t wait, contact us today to book your chemical peel cosmetic treatment.