Chemical Peels: What to Expect

Chemical peel treatments at Jon Ric Medical Spa & Wellness Center are a great way to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, skin discoloration, a dull complexion or rough skin.

Before your chemical peel, you and a dermatologist on staff will have a consultation where a complete medical history will be taken. This consultation is done to determine different conditions your skin is prone to, such as cold sores, or if you scar easily, or what cosmetic procedures you may have had in the past.

Once the medical history is taken and several questions answered, the dermatologist will then tell you what you can accomplish by getting a chemical peel on your specific skin and if it is the right decision for you.

Before the peel is applied, the skin is prepped and the peel is then evenly and quickly applied. If a deep peel is being done, the skin is treated one small section at a time. The dermatologist will keep an eye on the skin to make sure it is stopped and removed at the best times. Sometimes, a cool compress may be applied to a peel after it is removed, or a mild lotion to help soothe the skin.

After a peel, you should be careful to not scratch or rub at the skin that was just treated. It may burn, itch or swell, but scratching and rubbing could diminish results and end up doing more harm than good.

It is also important to keep your skin moist in order to achieve the best possible results. Scarring could happen if you let your skin dry out and crack. Wear sunscreen often once your skin has healed to protect it the best way you can. If you wear makeup, apply the sunscreen before applying foundation or concealer.

If there are scabs, do not pick at them. The face may tend to scab after a peel, but picking at them can result in infection, skin discoloration, or scarring.

Over the course of the next two weeks, your new skin will begin to appear. Your dermatologist will provide you with follow-up care instructions, and soon you will be en route to new, glowing, beautiful skin!