Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment proudly offered at Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, TX. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique, so we offer several peel strengths featuring different chemicals. Due to the customizability of this type of treatment, a chemical peel can be used to accomplish a wide range of goals. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this type of treatment, including what the most compelling benefits are.
What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?
They Can Improve Your Skin Texture
One of the most compelling benefits of chemical peels is that they can improve your skin texture significantly. Some peels are designed to erase acne scars, while others are better suited for erasing fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical peel can also be used to address other skin texture problems, including stretch marks. During your initial consultation, we will discuss all of your goals and evaluate your concerns to determine which peel strength and chemical combination will be ideal for you.
They Can Increase Localized Collagen Production
Another incredible benefit of this treatment is that it encourages your skin in the treatment area to produce extra collagen. This crucial protein is instrumental in several functions, including cellular rejuvenation and cellular turnover. It also helps to keep your skin looking tight, bright, healthy, and beautiful.
They Can Mitigate the Risk of Acne Outbreaks
Another thing to love about chemical peels is that they can drastically reduce the likelihood of certain types of acne outbreaks. Specifically, a chemical peel can prevent whitehead and blackhead outbreaks by regulating sebum production. Additionally, this type of treatment can make preventative acne medications and other topical products more effective. This is because clogged pores unclog as a result of this type of treatment.
They Can Make Your Skin More Radiant
Another great result you can expect after a chemical peel is brighter, healthier-looking skin. Once your treatment is complete, your skin will start to peel. After your body has rid itself of all the dead skin cells, there will be nothing left but the bright, healthy-looking skin lying just beneath the superficial layer of your skin.
Other Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Chemical peels are generally safe and effective for most people, but it is not suitable for everyone. You will likely be considered a good fit for this treatment if you are concerned about acne outbreaks or acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin texture concerns. However, you also may benefit from this treatment if you have other skin concerns, like uneven skin tone.
To reiterate, we will discuss your concerns and goals to determine which peel will be most effective for you. However, we cannot verify that this treatment will be safe for you until we discuss your health. There are contraindications for this treatment, including pregnancy, nursing, and the use of certain medications. Note that it is also essential that you are able to follow all preparation and aftercare guidelines to qualify for this treatment.
What Will I Need to Do to Prepare Myself for Treatment?
The most important preparation step to take is to attend an initial consultation with a skincare expert to verify that you qualify for this treatment and determine which peel is right for you. During your consultation, we will advise you on all of the other preparation steps you will need to take in advance of your appointment.
For instance, we will advise you on all of the skincare products that you should discontinue the use of before your session. Furthermore, you will be advised on how to protect your skin from UV damage. You also should avoid waxing the targeted treatment area to prevent irritation.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Chemical Peel?
One of the most important aftercare guidelines you will need to follow is to protect your skin from the sun. You must minimize sun exposure, especially when the sun’s UV rays are exceptionally strong, and it is imperative that you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Furthermore, it is extremely important that you avoid strenuous exercise or other physically taxing activity for 24 to 48 hours following your treatment.
It is also critical that you do not pick at your skin while it is peeling. This can result in several problems, including extending the length of time you’ll need to wait to see your desired results. It is also extremely important that you only use gentle skincare products while your skin is healing. Common ingredients that may cause skin irritation include AHAs, BHAs, and retinol.
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There are a wide range of benefits provided by chemical peels. They are commonly used to improve such skin texture problems as acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. However, this type of treatment can also be used to reduce hyperpigmentation, mitigate the risk of acne outbreaks, and enhance skin radiance. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment, schedule an appointment with us now at Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, TX.