Tips and Information to Help You Decide if Chemical Peels are Right for You
Does your skin care routine include regular exfoliation? Wind, weather, the sun, and chemicals in the air all take a toll on our skin, leaving the dead outermost layers of cells looking less than stunning. Exfoliation gives you a way to remove these cells and reveal younger, fresher skin beneath for vibrant, beautiful-looking results.
But it’s not just enough to exfoliate; how you exfoliate can significantly improve your results. As handy and reliable as a good loofah or pumice stone can be, they can only go so far.
That’s where chemical peels come in.
As with other types of exfoliation, our Vitalize and SkinCeutical chemical peels remove dead skin cells on the outermost layer of skin using safe, unique chemical formulations tailored to your specific needs. As the dead skin peels off, new, healthier skin is revealed.
But if you’re thinking that peels are exclusively a facial treatment, think again! It might surprise you to learn just how versatile these treatments are. Used to correct a variety of skin issues including uneven skin tone, acne, fine lines, and dark spots, peels provide a wide variety of benefits – let’s take a closer look!
Chances are you’ve already heard about chemical peels as a facial treatment. Peels loosen the outermost layers of skin, making them easier to remove. It’s by removing these layers of skin that the fresh, younger layers beneath are exposed, providing that refreshed, revitalized look.
While there are over-the-counter peels available, we recommend consulting a qualified skin care professional to determine the best approach to your unique situation.
Chemical peels are commonly used to:
- Reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth;
- Treat wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage;
- Improve the appearance of mild scars;
- Treat certain types of acne;
- Reduce pigmentation, dark patches, freckles, and age spots; and
- Improve the look and feel of sun damaged skin.
But while peels are incredibly popular as facial treatments, their use doesn’t stop there. Peels can also treat your chest, back, and hands for dark spots and acne.
Depending on the condition of your skin, you may be asked to follow a specific skin care regimen in the weeks leading up to your chemical peel. This pre-treatment care will help you achieve optimal results from your treatments.
This skin care could include:
- Cleansing twice a day;
- Moisturizing twice a day;
- Applying sunscreen every day;
- Using a skin brightener; and
- Cleaning your skin with an antiseptic soap the day before your treatment.
Depending on the extent of your treatment and the formulation being used, you also may be asked to avoid using the following skin treatments in the weeks prior to your chemical peel:
- Other chemical peels;
- Exfoliating masks and rough abrasive sponges;
- Waxing, electrolysis, or laser hair removal in the treatment area; and
- Retin-A and tretinoin creams and gels.
On the day of your treatment, make sure to arrive with clean skin. Do not wear moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup, perfume, cologne, or aftershave. Also, men should shave their faces on the day of the treatment to ensure optimal results.
Gentle chemical peels that only remove the outer layer of dead skin are considered minimal-downtime procedures. That said, you should carry a gentle moisturizer with you to apply when needed while your skin peels over the next few days following treatment.
To maintain your results after a chemical peel, avoid sun exposure. Once your skin has stopped peeling, stay diligent about applying broad-spectrum sunscreen to your treatment area before going outside. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and limit your time in the sun, especially during the sun’s peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While one chemical peel will leave your skin smoother, tighter, and brighter, you should expect to have a series of treatments to achieve your desired results. A pre-treatment consultation at the TosoniMD clinic will help you determine the best treatment plan for your skin!
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.