Daily washing and moisturizing isn’t always enough to keep your skin healthy and youthful. Chemical peels and exfoliation treatments can clear away old tissue, leaving your skin smoother and improving sun or acne damage. Chemical peels involve special solutions, known as exfoliants or wounding agents, which penetrate the skin and destroy old tissue in a controlled way. Over the next one to 14 days, the dead cells fall away and your skin’s natural healing process causes new tissue to grow in its place.
Many spas in Manhattan offer three basic types of peels: superficial, medium and deep. Superficial peels only affect the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin. Medium peels penetrate the shallow layers of the dermis, while deep peels reach farther into the inner layer of skin. The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results. However, deeper peels carry higher risks and increase skin sensitivity, so expect a longer healing time. The type and concentration of exfoliant also influences the results, so it’s essential to choose reputable NYC spas with proven estheticians.
How Chemical Peels Are Performed
Spa staff clean and prep your skin before the procedure. Using a brush, gauze pad or cotton-tipped applicator, the esthetician applies a liquid or paste solution. The chemical remains on your skin for several minutes and triggers a mild tingling or burning sensation. The exact duration depends on the type of chemical, but it’s generally a brief process.
When it’s time for removal, the esthetician applies water or alcohol to your skin to neutralize the solution. This ends the chemical reaction and stops the solution from penetrating deeper than you want it to. Afterward, many NYC spas provide you with a handheld fan to keep your skin cool and comfortable.
What To Expect After Chemical Facial Peels
The depth of chemical facial peels and the type of solution determine how long it takes your skin to recover. Your unique skin type and sensitivity level are also factors, so it’s important to follow the esthetician’s instructions after your procedure. Taking good care of your skin can prevent infection and discoloration, speed the healing process and produce longer lasting results.
Proper skin care after a peel is similar to the preparation process. Here are common care tips:
- Use water or a wash recommended by your esthetician to frequently clean your skin.
- Moisturize your skin every day to reduce dryness as the dead tissue cells flake away.
- Avoid sun exposure until the peeling stops. Too much sun can cause discoloration in the treated areas, making your skin tone appear less smooth and even. You should use sunscreen daily during and after peeling, as new skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
Wondering whether a chemical peel is right for you? Contact the care team at SkinPrologica today to book an appointment at one of the top spas in Manhattan.