Chemical peels have become a popular method of improving the looks of one’s skin. For most patients, the end result of a chemical peel is smoother, less wrinkled skin.
Chemical peels are useful for giving you a more youthful, rejuvenated look, but there is little point to getting a chemical peel if you do not properly take care of your skin afterwards. This means using the right kind of lotion on your skin.
During a chemical peel, a skin care professional will apply a chemical solution to the skin causing it to “blister” and peel (this will happen during the healing process). The skin that remains underneath is often smoother and freer of wrinkles. This treatment can be done on the face and neck are, or even on the hands.
Chemical peels decrease the appearance of small lines and wrinkles under the eye and near the mouth, and help fix wrinkles caused by aging and sun exposure, diminish the appearance of small or light scars, treat some forms of acne, and improve the look and feel of your skin.
It is of the utmost importance to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised after a chemical peel. This will aid the healing process and protect your skin.
You should use a gentle cleanser to wash your skin. Such cleansers like Dove or Cetaphil are popular, gentler options, and patients are encouraged not to use scrubs or anything abrasive, as that can damage your tender skin. It’s important never to manually exfoliate your skin after a chemical peel.
You should use a moisturiser with sunscreen during the day, regardless of weather conditions. The new skin you have has never previously been directly exposed to sunlight, so you must protect it. Patients should use a rich moisturiser at night, and your doctor can direct you towards which would work best for your skin type.
If you have any areas of your skin that are excessively red or peeling, you may want to apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% after washing but before applying the moisturising cream. It is best to moisturise several times a day to keep you skin hydrated following a chemical peel.
There are many lotions you can use after a chemical peel, but there are also many lotions that you cannot. Avoid anything that is scented or coloured, like perfumed lotions or self tanners. For more information, contact our team today!
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