Looking good is important to almost everyone and for most people, their youth is when they have looked their best.
Chemical peels are used to improve the skin texture, appearance on the face, neck and hands. In chemical peels, a solution of skin improving agents and chemicals are used which causes the exfoliation of the skin and sooner or later peel off. During the procedure, dermal layers of skin have to undergo a controlled destruction, leading to shedding of the dead skin cells followed by the regeneration and remodeling of the new skin cells. This will result in the soft, clear and pigmentation free skin. The whole procedure is generally safe but few complications may occur. However, these complications can be best avoided with proper care and guidance. Always seek your treatment from an expert dermatologist. He or She will describe you the best post op instructions after chemical peel treatment. The complications after chemical peel treatment that you can experience are;Immediate (Within minutes to hours after peeling):
Chemical Peels are now combined with the other procedures like microdermabrasion for treating pigmentation, acne treatment and skin polishing. These combinations helps to make the skin smoother as it can penetrate deep into the skin and will remove impurities from the deep skin layers. A good post care procedure ensures the early recovery with minimal complications. Following are the post op care instructions for the chemical peels treatment;
Do not wash your face right after your chemical peel treatment. Always use a mild soap or non-soap cleanser as your skin is sensitive after the procedure. Harsh soaps or cleanser can irritate your skin. Wash your face with luke warm water and gently pat dry.
There may be a crust formation after chemical peel on your skin. Do not try to pick, scratch or pull that crust after your peel. If you will do so, there will be scarring on your skin. This crusting will eventually fall off after 4 to 7 days or depending on the strength of the chemical peel used in your treatment. Dermatologist may also prescribe any topical antibiotic to prevent the bacterial infection and to fasten the healing.
In chemical peel treatment, skin has undergone a chemical procedure so do not exfoliate your skin for at least 2 weeks. Do not exfoliate your skin using a cleansing brush, facial scrub, harsh cleanser. It will aggravate the irritation, redness on your skin. Scratching the abraded skin will lead to pigmentation and scarring and these scars can be permanent.
Do not use any cosmetic products which contains skin peeling agents like glycolic acid, retinoids, AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) until the desquamation of outer layer or crust is complete. These products can cause the excessive shedding of the skin cells resulting in redness and inflammation of the skin. You can resume your daily skin care regimen after 10-15 days.
After your chemical peel treatment, your skin may appear dry, cracking or sore. Use a light moisturizer or the one recommended by doctor. Moisturize your skin day and night and reapply if needed. Remember that do not over moisturize your skin as it could reverse the treatment effects. If you will over moisturize the skin, then it will take hard time to form crust or to peel effectively.
Your skin will appear pinkish in color for a few hours after chemical peel treatment. Sun exposure during this time will enhance the risk of sun burn and skin irritation. So avoid sun exposure during this time and use the broad spectrum sunscreen prescribed by doctor. You can use sunscreen with SPF 30 or even higher throughout the day. Reapply as needed to limit the skin from sun burn or skin discoloration.
Your skin may become temperature sensitive after the exposure of chemicals during the treatment. You have to take care of your skin for few days. Try to keep your skin as cool as you can. You can use cool compress or ice packs on your skin but do not apply direct ice on your skin.
Keep your body and skin well hydrated. Keep at least 8 ounce glasses of water in a day to retain the moisture content in the body. It will help your skin from dryness. You can use skin hydrating lotions or serums after consulting with the doctor to prevent excessive dryness.
Please refrain yourself from heavy workout or exercises for at least 24 hours up to 48 hours. Heavy workout will lead to sweating; you will rub your skin which can cause irritation, skin rashes and peeling away of the crust.
Before the treatment asks doctor about post complications properly so that you will be able to recognize if you experience any. After chemical peel treatment, common complications like swelling, redness, burning sensation, pain and blister or pus formation may occur. Consult with the doctor immediately if the condition worsens and the doctor will treat accordingly.
Our skin care specialists will thoroughly examine you and will compose a simple, specially customized skin care regimen according to you before the treatment and will tell you all the essential steps that will benefit you. Our experts will select the peel according to your skin type and concentration of the chemicals according to your skin condition. This will minimize the risk of complications after your treatment.