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How to Prepare for a Chemical Peel

How to Prepare for a Chemical PeelWhen dealing with chemicals, the last thing you want is a bad experience, especially when those chemicals are being applied to your complexion. If youíve decided to get a chemical peel to refresh your face, it helps to know what steps you can take to properly prepare your skin for this treatment and to guarantee the best results.

 

Since youíve already got an appointment set for your peel, youíve more than likely already done a consultation with a physician. Keep in touch with your physician and ask any and all questions about the process you may have. Discuss your medical history as well as what medication you are currently using. Your doctor may ask you to discontinue any current medications for a few days or even weeks prior to your chemical peel. It is important that you follow all your doctorís directions and advice.

 

If you are a smoker, quit or cut back as much as possible at least one month before your scheduled peel. The presence of nicotine in the body can actually slow down the skinís healing process as well as increase the likelihood for infection. Be sure to tell your doctor that you are a smoker during your consultation and follow any advice given relating to this subject.

 

Your doctor may prescribe you medication that will help your skin prepare for the chemical peel treatment. Such medications include Retin A, AHA cream, and/or Hydroquinone. Depending on your skinís needs, you may have to use these medications well before your schedule peel - sometimes as early as a month or more. This stage serves to properly prep the skin for treatment by thinning the skinís surface layer. This allows the ingredients in the chemical peel to effectively penetrate into the skin for optimal results.

 

Since the chemical peel tends to cause redness, crusting, flaking, peeling and stinging, you may want to schedule your peel for a day when you donít have to go into work. The appearance of peeling and red skin may not be one youíll want to flaunt at the office. These side effects tend to go away after a few days.

 

In order to maintain the best results, most doctors will recommend a series of about three peels, scheduled in one-month intervals. Afterwards, most patients tend to go back to start the process all over again every 6-12 months. Other precautionary measures youíll want to take up in order to prepare for your peel include: avoiding the use of facial scrubs, facial masks, tanning products on the face, staying out of the sun, and not plucking, bleaching or waxing any area of the face.

 

In terms of follow-up care, your doctor may suggest certain treatments to do at home to enhance the results and boost the skinís healing and regenerative process. Cryotherapy and hydrating facials are common follow-up routines for chemical peels. Cryotherapy involves the use of dry ice that removes flaking, peeling skin and enhancing the healing process. Hydrating facials are recommended four days after the cryotherapy treatment to soothe, protect and moisturize your skin.

 

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