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Cosmetic industry sales will hit 430 billion worldwide this year! 

Needless to say, looking good is at the top of many people’s priorities. If a chemical peel is high on your agenda of beauty treatments to do this year, you may be wondering, are chemical peels safe?

You may have seen others get incredible results but you’re wondering if you will experience the same thing. 

If you want to give the procedure a try, then a more in-depth look at the benefits is in order. Here’s a closer look at chemical peels, and how they work.

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Chemical peels are one of the more popular types of skin treatments. They help to remove blemishes and impurities from the skin. 

Chemical peels are one of the safest forms of skin treatments available. 

Most people do not have severe allergic reactions to the treatment and the result is usually worth any mild discomfort that they may feel.

What Can Chemical Peels Treat?

You may be wondering exactly what skin conditions chemical peels can treat. Chemical peels can treat a wide variety of skin conditions. Here is a shortlist of the main ones:

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Damage from the Sun
  • Fine lines
  • Scars
  • Acne

Chemical peels are especially good for treating acne because they help to remove blackheads and unclog pores. There are also deep chemical peels that can penetrate the top layer of your skin to help remove wrinkles and even precancerous cells.

Deep peels can help to re-stimulate collagen in your skin. This will help your skin to look a lot smoother. 

No matter what your skin tone there is likely to be a chemical peel that is right for you. Just ask your doctor or practitioner and they will guide you as to the type of chemical peel that is right for your skin tone.

Chemical Peels and Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin you can still get a chemical peel. There are several gentle acids on the market to treat your skin.

Before the chemical peel is done your skin will be examined and evaluated. A chemical mixture that is right for you will be chosen so that the procedure is effective and harmless.

Are Chemical Peels Painful?

One of the reasons many people shy away from professional chemical peels is they believe the procedure will be painful. The thought of using any kind of acid on their face can also deter a lot of people. 

However, chemical peels are only moderately uncomfortable especially when they are mild treatments. Your face is likely to feel hot and your practitioner will give you a handheld fan to put on your chest during the procedure to help reduce the sensation.

A calming cream is usually applied to the face to help manage any lingering warmth or tingling feeling on the skin. Within twelve hours of the skin treatment, your face will start to cool down significantly and within a few days, any redness that you experience will disappear.

Deeper chemical peels have a more intense reaction. Parts of your skin may start to swell, this is a normal reaction that will dissipate over time. 

Your doctor will give you pain relievers and ask you to use ice packs on your skin when it feels necessary.

The Chemical Peel Process

For a moderate peel, your skin will be cleansed before the procedure begins. This is a degreasing treatment.

After each layer of chemical has been applied, a check will be given to see your reaction.

You may be given up to four layers of chemicals to complete a mild treatment. You can expect to be done in about half an hour.

If you are getting a deeper peel stronger chemicals will be used. Sometimes practitioners will give you a sedative or a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. 

Unlike the mild peel, you will need to do a pre-treatment plan before the day of the procedure. This pre-treatment plan can last as long as two months.

The Results

You may be wondering how long it will take for you to see the results of a chemical peel. Chemical appeals work very fast and you should see results in at least two weeks. 

Your skin will start looking a whole lot better after about four days when you have had a mild chemical peel.

The results of a deeper peel can take more time to show. However, you can start to see your new skin emerging after about two weeks. Any swelling you experienced from the procedure should start going away in a few weeks as well.

The Next Treatment

Depending on the condition of your skin your practitioner will tell you when is the right time to get another treatment. 

Mild treatments are usually done more regularly than deep treatments. A mild treatment is good every two weeks and deeper treatments are usually done every one to two months.

The Benefits of Chemical Peels

Are chemical peels safe? The answer is a resounding yes. 

Chemical peels are extremely effective at helping to give you smooth younger-looking skin. The benefits of this skincare treatment far outweigh any discomfort you may feel during the treatment process. 

Any discomfort usually subsides very quickly. Chemical peels are easy to do and are usually done very quickly. If you are considering doing a chemical peel to improve the look of your skin you will not be disappointed. 

If you would like to schedule a chemical peel please do not hesitate to contact us.

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