What you can expect?
Before any chemical peel, you should have a consultation with your dermatologist to check you’re a good candidate. Check? Congratulations! It all starts with a squeaky-clean face before a chemical solution is painted to make your skin blister and peel. Don’t panic – this is where the magic happens. The solution is then removed, along with all of the peeled skin – what’s left is a beautiful and brighter complexion. It’s that simple and way less scary than that Sex and the City episode would have you think.
Know before you go
- The type of peel your skin needs all depends on how deep the damage goes – you can choose from mild, medium and deep, which all have different recovery times.
- Whichever you go for, you should avoid the sun for several months and wear sunscreen religiously.
- Sensitive types may want to look for something a little less intense as even mild peels can be painful – most people describe it as a burning or stinging sensation. Thankfully, the results are more than worth it!
The sciencey stuff
Milder peels owe their magic to alphahydroxy or betahydroxy acids (you may know them as AHAs and BHAs), which each have their own perks and work to remove alphahydroxy or betahydroxy acids the top layer of skin. Deep peels use harsher chemicals to dive deeper and cause a controlled second-degree burn for a truly transformed complexion. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare to peel away the years!