To have beautiful and smooth skin, it needs “me time” schedule every once in a while. Facial wash, facial mask, and serums are typical beauty regimens of most men and women for everyday use. Is it enough? While others are lucky to have porcelain skin since they were young until their adult years, without proper care and needed protection, you may suffer skin damage like breakouts, scarring, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Our skin regenerates new cells every month, and shedding is a natural occurrence. However, dead skin cells may not be removed, which can cause skin damage as the dead cells accumulate. Cosmetic treatments like chemical peels can help you eliminate those stubborn cells to let your new ones breathe. Tensegrity Health and Aesthetics have a medical-grade chemical peel that guarantees younger-looking and glowing skin.
What is a chemical peel?
Medical grade chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that use skin-resurfacing procedures, which helps improve the appearance and texture of your skin. It is applied on the face, neck, and hands. Those who wish to address minor wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and wants to improve their skin tone usually go for medical grade peel. It has three grade levels that, depending on the severity and purpose of your condition, are chosen to see what level procedure is best or you.
What are the three grade levels of chemical peels?
The skin consists of three layers—the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The outer layer of the skin is the epidermis, which we all see with our naked eyes. The dermis is the second layer of the skin that is located just beneath the epidermis, and this is where the hair follicles, sweat glands, nerve endings, and connective tissues are located. It also contains collagen and elastin that are responsible for supporting your skin structure. The decrease of collagen and elastin causes sagging skin. While hypodermis or also known as subcutaneous tissue, are fats and connective tissues found deep down your skin. It is responsible for keeping the body’s temperature at a safe level. It serves as the insulation and protection of your internal organs.
Medical grades chemical peel varies from superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels. Each uses different solutions and targets the epidermis and part of the dermis layer of the skin.
Light chemical peels use a mild solution to peel off the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. It targets minor acne scarring, skin discoloration, dryness of skin, and fine lines. The epidermis is the top layer that continually sheds dead skin cells to allow the new cells from the dermis to take over. The light chemical peel helps the first layer of the skin eliminate those dead cells without traces.
Medium chemical peels target the top and mid-layer of your skin. It helps remove the cells from the upper portion of your dermis layer and treats deeper skin conditions. Usually, more than one session is required to achieve the desired results, and the flaking may take longer compared to light chemical peels.
Deep chemical peels use strong chemical solutions and are not advisable for those who have sensitive skin. Those who have severe cases of skin conditions like deep scars and wrinkles are the candidate for the treatment. However, you will still undergo further assessment to certify if you are legible for the procedure. You may only take deep peeling once or years of interval because the depth of the deep chemical peel targets the epidermis and the lower layers of the dermis, and your skin can only tolerate so much. Otherwise, you may suffer serious skin problems. This type of peeling requires a long downtime recovery for a minimum of two weeks and may persist for a few months. You may experience severe swelling and redness for quite some time too.
How To Care For Your Skin After Chemical Peel
The three grade levels of medical-grade chemical peels have minimal to longer downtime recovery. Since the procedure scrapes of parts of the layers of your skin, it is more sensitive and prone to infection if not given proper care. Here are some ways you can do to care for your skin after a chemical peel.
1. Keeps your hands off your face
Chemical peels are not your typical facial treatments, where you can freely touch your face after a few hours of the procedure. Whichever grades you choose, you must avoid touching your face other than washing or applying ointments. We touch so many things at once, from your cellphones, bags, food, name it, you touch it. It is neither a guarantee that all the stuff you get in contact with is germ-free. So make sure to clean your hands thoroughly before touching your skin to avoid bacteria transfer.
2. Make sure to keep anything away from your face, especially your hair.
Not touching your skin may be a struggle, and keeping your face free from any object is another. Small strands of hair can irritate your already sensitive skin. Frequent exposure to your hair can cause other skin issues and may worsen your peeling instead of healing. Make sure to tie up your hair or use a headband to ensure that there are no hair strands that can touch your face, so you too can avoid touching your skin.
3. Wash your face with cold water instead of hot. Use mild, soap-free, no fragrance, and hypoallergenic types of cleanser too.
Rinsing your face with cold water can help alleviate the tingling effect of your face. Treat your skin as if you have a wound. The use of an ice pack is the typical first aid, and you don’t want to wash it off with regular bar soaps or put any other chemical as it may trigger irritation. So make sure to use a non-irritants cleanser to wash your face. Your doctor may give you recommendations on the best cleanser you can use.
4. Gently pat off your face when drying.
Avoid vigorous rubbing as the friction can cause irritation to your face and may result in skin damage. If you can let your face dry naturally, it would be best instead of using fabrics. Although if you use one, make sure that it is soft and does not molt.
5. Ensure that you religiously apply the prescribed ointments on your face
After a chemical peel, your doctor will give you home care products that you have to apply religiously as a prescription. It is to ensure a fast healing process.
6. Make sure to apply sunscreens before leaving your house.
As much as possible, limit your outdoor activities. Right after chemical peel procedure, your skin is three times sensitive or even more because of the removal of the outer layers of your skin. However, since it is not entirely avoidable, make sure to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.
7. Let the peeling come off naturally.
Skin peeling is natural on chemical peels, and you may experience severe flaking. As a typical reaction, you may find yourself scraping, rubbing, and manually peel it off, and this is a big No on chemical peels. Let your skin exfoliate naturally as further friction on the face can trigger skin damage.
Chemical peels are not for everyone and not allowed for pregnant women or those with a hypersensitive type of skin. It is crucial that you seek medical consultation and only go to reputable clinics like Tensegrity Health and Aesthetics, to ensure that you achieve your end-goal result.