Chemical peels effectively exfoliate the skin on a deep level and are excellent resurfacing tools. Unlike a superficial mask, chemical peels perform a penetrating clean that delivers immediate results for skin problems, including acne, sun damage, and pigmentation.
Because they are very intense, it is important to ensure that your skin is prepared for the treatments. At Hale Cosmeceuticals, we are here to help you prepare for your chemical peel with expert skin care advice and professional products.
The first step to chemical peel prep is mental. It’s important to be organized and prepared for your chemical peel, as the entire process often entails specific, timed instructions.
Choosing the Correct Peel
The success of any chemical peel depends on if it is a good match for your skin. Discuss your skin type, skincare habits, and any relevant medical information with your skincare professional before selecting a peel.
Disclose Medication Use With Your Skincare Professional
Before a chemical peel, it is very important to discuss your medication use with your esthetician. Depending on what sort of medication you use, your esthetician may recommend temporarily stopping your dosage so it does not interfere with the efficacy of the chemical peel.
Obtain Detailed After-Care Instructions
Depending on the intensity of the peel, your skincare professional may recommend specific instructions for aftercare. Instructions may include using a specific cleanser, avoiding sunlight, sleeping on your back, and using specific creams to prevent infection.
The second step to preparing for a chemical peel is physical. In order to avoid unwanted irritation, side effects, and to maximize the benefits of a chemical peel, your facial skin must be prepared.
Cleanse With Pro Prep Pads
Skin is primed for a chemical peel with glycolic acid and other acidic cleansing agents. These chemicals work together to thin the surface layer of the skin so the dermis is easily penetrated by the chemical peel.
To effectively prepare the surface of skin, use Hale’s Pro Prep Pads. Pre soaked in alcohol, witch hazel, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol – these pads provide the thorough clean your skin needs before enduring a chemical peel.
Make a Plan to Avoid the Sun
Most chemical peels respond better to skin that is less sun-damaged. Make an effort to slather on sun block (at least SPF 30) and always wear wide brimmed hats when out in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
Refrain From Make-Up Before the Peel
You want as little dirt and oil on your face as possible before the peel. Take a break from wearing make-up a few days before the peel to let your skin detox!
Depending on the strength of your chemical peel, you may feel tingling or burning during the process. Be sure to communicate any discomfort with your esthetician, there is always a neutralizing solution if the peel is too strong.