13 Nov Chemical peeling preparation
The marketplace is already saturated with a host of obscure cosmetic skin treatment brands. Many of these tout their anti-aging creams and antioxidant pills as the key to fresher looking skin. However, expert chemexfoliation, otherwise known as chemical peeling, has been proven to generate aesthetic improvements to a number of different skin types. Find out more about the supporting studies here.
This treatment doesn’t hide behind a vague label. Chemical peeling is just that. Specialist substances are applied to prompt the bodies healing factor, which responds to enforced injuries, up to a specific skin depth. This helps stimulate growth, enhance surface texture and ultimately rejuvenate aged or damaged skin. The transparency surrounding this procedure instills a sense of trust between practitioner and patient.
A free consultation proceeds any treatment plan, allowing a practitioner to assess expected results. These results depends on many factors, which will determine the appropriate chemical peel available to a patient.
- Skin types prone to the development of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation
- A history of photosensitivity
- A history of atopic dermatitis
- Dry skin and a reddish hue
- Skin affected by outdoor occupations
- A history of keloids or poor wound healing or herpes infection
- Patients recently receiving isotretinoin;
- Patients unrealistic expectations
- Patients taking photosensitising drugs
Preparing for the treatment
Once a procedure has been approved there are always precautions you can take to maximise results. Pre-conditioning becomes imperative as this will allow your skin to heal back stronger than before, restored to an even healthier state.
Here we offer a set of advice that will help you experience a risk-free procedure.
Monitor prescribed medication
Certain medications can disrupt the effectiveness of your treatment, due to after effects triggering dry or irritated skin. Types include but aren’t exclusive to Retin-A, benzoyl and Azelex. Check with your practitioner for more advice on medications to avoid.
In most cases you will be advised to stop taking prescription medication several days before your chemical peel. You may also be advised to start a course of antibiotics before your treatment commences. This is commonly advised, so your immune system is primed to combat infection while healing from subsequent treatment.
Conscientious skin care
Skin cleansing is an important part of your preparation and should commence up to 3 weeks before treatment. Cleansing should take place twice a day. Specialist moisturisers will be advised by your practitioner, dependent on the type of chemical peel treatment you will receive and this will help your skin stay dirt and oil free at all times.
Retin-A (tretinoin) is commonly prescribed as this helps promote clear skin, free from blemishes and speeds the healing process. Topical solutions used to help thin skin and assist in chemical peel penetration may also be prescribed. This should be applied up to 6 weeks before your treatment.
Many are aware of the damaging effects UV radiation can cause skin, most notably photo-aging and sunburn. Sunburn symptoms include enflamed, sore even blistered skin. These symptoms may not appear for up to five hours prior to sun exposure, lasting for as long as 7 days. A coinciding occurrence of sunburn will jeopardise any chemical peel treatment. This will be avoided to protect skin from intense injury. Avoid the risk of sunburn by applying sunscreen each and every day up until your treatment. You may also wish to book your appointment for a time when you don’t need to go out into the sun.