How To Apply a Chemical Peel

Chemical peel application is a cosmetic procedure during which a chemical solution is applied to the face skin to improve its texture.  Smooth, younger and healthy looking skin will be revealed after applying a chemical peel that will remove top, damaged layers of the skin. Chemical peels also remove precancerous cells on the skin, reducing your skin's risk of developing a cancer.  Of course, if you're looking for great everyday skincare solutions you'll want a gentler approach: for that, I recommend the great guide Naturally Skinsational.

There are different types and strengths of chemical peels: different ingredients are used to reach deeper skin layers, therefore causing deeper cosmetic effect; so it is important to understand that only dermatologist can apply medium and deep forms of chemical peels.  Doctors will choose a chemical peel that is specified for your skin type and your needs and provide you with the best professional care and advice.

However, not everyone can afford a visit to dermatologist, so the manufacturers came up with inventing a light chemical peel formula which can be applied at home. Light chemical peels can be used with a goal of improving uneven skin tone, minimizing fine wrinkles around the eyes and the mouth, treat acne and sun damaged skin.

Directions to apply a light chemical peel at home.

  1. Cleanse your face thoroughly, gently removing oils from your skin.
  2. Before applying chemical peel solution, make sure your chemical peel solutions is chosen according to your skin type, your goals and following manufacturer’s recommendation. Specific formulations and concentration of acids are used in chemical peels. Chemicals used in chemical peels are phenol, trichloroacetic acid, alpha hydroxy, and beta hydroxyl acid. Read all instructions carefully.
  3. Apply chemical with a soft face brush, gauze, or cotton tipped applicator, avoiding eyes and hairline. After the application you can experience warmth, tingling or stinging on your skin which can cause some discomfort but never pain.
  4. After applying chemical peel solution, leave it for a few minutes, according to manufacturer’s instruction.
  5. Next step is to neutralize it: Gently apply alcohol or water to neutralize the acids. This will end chemical reaction on your skin.
  6. 6. Wipe the solution gently off your face using wipes or gauze.  Now you are done.
  7. 7. Use only gentle face moisturizers and other face care products. Avoid skin irritation.  Avoid sun exposure.

Light chemical peels do not require much recovery time, but the skin after applying a light chemical peel may be flaky or irritated.

The next strength chemical peel level is medium. It is applied at a dermatologist office, as it involves stronger chemical that will affect skin to a deeper level.  Some pain will be experienced and the application of this level is a more complex procedure.

The next level of chemical peel is a deep chemical peel that can be done only at the dermatologist office.


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