Chemical peel aftercare: what is the best moisturizer? Doctors from Boston’s top Medical Spa give you their thoughts
After receiving an intensive treatment, it is important to take good care of your skin. This is why it is essential to have a good after care plan following your chemical peel.
Your treatment provider will discuss how to take good care of your skin post-peel. This will help your skin to peel more evenly and to heal quickly. Our highly qualified and experienced doctors at Evolution MedSpa Boston can provide a wealth of information about chemical peels. Here they share some of their knowledge with you.
How do you take care of your skin after a chemical peel?
How exactly should you treat your healing skin after your treatment?
A chemical peel will remove the top layers of your skin, including the dead and unhealthy skin cells. This can help to improve the appearance of acne, discolouration and aging skin. Peels provide the opportunity for your healthy, glowing skin underneath to shine through. Allowing your skin to recover after a chemical peel is essential.
After a peel, your skin is much more sensitive so specialist care is needed. This is why it is important to follow your doctors guidelines carefully. Here are some expert tips for post-peel skin care:
- Use cool water to cleanse your face. This will help to soothe any redness or swelling of the skin after your treatment.
- Apply a good moisturizer
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Use an SPF30 + sunscreen to protect your more delicate skin from the aging effects of the sun
- Don’t perform strenuous workouts or visit saunas and steam rooms. These things can irritate your sensitive post-peel skin.
- Avoid exfoliating for a few days after your peel. Exfoliating could increase the redness and sensitivity you experience after your treatment
Which moisturizer should you choose?
Keeping your skin well moisturized can speed up healing and help to prevent scarring. But, with so many moisturizers available on the market, how do you choose the best one?
As a chemical peel disrupts your skin’s natural protective barrier, it is beneficial to reinforce this barrier using a medium or thick moisturizer. This moisturizer should also be neutral and gentle, containing no harsh chemicals or fragrances to avoid irritation. Zinc oxide creams, in particular, can provide gentle moisturization to the skin post peel.
Can I use makeup after a chemical peel?
This will really depend upon the strength of your peel. With some superficial peels you may be able to wear makeup the next day. However, deeper peels may require 7-10 makeup free days after treatment.
Again, it is important to follow your doctor’s advice as applying makeup too soon can lead to increased irritation.
How long will it take to recover from a chemical peel?
This will also depend upon the strength and depth of your peel.
Skin will typically take 1-7 days to heal after a light peel, 7-14 days after a medium peel and 2-3 weeks after a deep peel.
Following a good post-treatment skincare routine will help to speed up the healing process.
Effectiveness of chemical peels for acne scars: amazing results clear in before and after pics
Chemical peels are a popular cosmetic treatment choice for acne scarring and the reason for this is simple – they provide great results! The dramatic difference is clear to see when browsing through before and after pictures.
When choosing your treatment provider, ask to see before and after pictures of patients that they have previously treated. This will help to reassure you about their standard of work.
Will a dermatologist perform my chemical peel?
While there are weaker, superficial DIY chemical peels that you can perform in the comfort of your own home, stronger peels should always be performed by a qualified dermatologist. This will ensure that you get the most effective results and the safest possible care, limiting the risk of any adverse effects, such as discolouration and scarring. Your chosen dermatologist should assess your skin type and condition prior to deciding on your treatment, their expert analysis is essential for deciding on the best course of action for you.
Can I get a DIY chemical peel for my acne scars?
There are low strength, at-home peels available which can improve the condition of oily and breakout-prone skin. These provide a mild exfoliation all over the face which can help with some acne scarring. However, if you have deep acne scarring or lots of scars then it is probably worthwhile booking an appointment with your dermatologist for a deeper peel.
How much does a chemical peel treatment cost?
It is difficult to answer this question as the cost of a chemical peel varies greatly depending upon the chemical strength that you require. Within the Boston area, the price tag for a light peel can be as low as $150, while a deep peel may set you back up to $3000. The current average cost of a chemical peel, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is around $669.
Once you have chosen your physician, you can discuss how much they will charge you for you individual treatment at your initial consultation appointment.
How much is a chemical peel for acne scars?
The cost of a peel for the treatment of your acne scars depends upon the severity and extent of your scarring. If you have deeper scarring and require a stronger peel, then you will have to pay more for this.
You can often combine your peel with other treatments, for example dermaplaning. Most MedSpas offer a bundle deal for multiple treatments that are booked at the same time.
Book your in-depth consultation today!
Book an initial consultation at Evolution MedSpa Boston today to get the individual treatment that you deserve! Our doctors, Dr Eric Cappiello and Dr Mariam Cappiello, will perform an in-depth skin analysis and tailor your treatment plan to your individual skin needs and concerns. They are passionate about helping you to achieve the best possible results.