Peel season is officially out of hibernation and ready to make its appearance just in time for the holidays. So let’s start with our mini educational Peel Series, where we answer some of the most common questions that we receive about Chemical peels…From the benefits and downtime needed to the number of treatments necessary and how you can get the most out of your peels…here at MM Beauty, we’ve got you covered. Read on for answers!

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is an acid-based solution applied to the skin to speed up the process of exfoliation and new, regenerated skin.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

It is an amazing treatment for acne, improved skin texture, hyperpigmentation, collagen production to promote anti-aging…We could go on and on about the benefits!

Is a chemical peel painful?

Don’t be afraid of getting a chemical peel! Our chemical peel treatments aren’t as scary or as invasive as you might think. If anything, a peel feels like a tingly face mask and it won’t leave you “shedding” a bunch or feeling like you just came back from a week-long tropical vacation. We will take your skin type and goals into account to find the perfect peel treatment for you.

What time of year should I start?

Fall is the perfect time to start your series of peel treatments! While exfoliants are great during summer because they remove dead skin, they’re only penetrating the outermost layer. Chemical peels expose deeper layers, which means skin is much more sensitive towards heat and UV rays after treatments. By getting a chemical peel during cooler, winter months, your skin is much more protected during the recovery/healing stages.

What does the aftercare process look like?

  • Wash your face with cool water
  • Use a gentle cleanser
  • Moisturize and hydrate
  • Use products with soothing ingredients
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF30 or more
  • Avoid strenuous workouts, dry saunas and steam rooms
  • Don’t over-exfoliate
  • Don’t pick or pull at flaky skin

Is there any downtime needed?

The most superficial chemical peels, which exfoliate only the top layer of skin, don’t generally require any downtime. If your skin issues are too severe to be treated with a superficial peel, then you may need to take a few days off from work or schedule the appointment before a weekend.

How many sessions do I need?

Most patients require about 4 to 6 light peels, spaced 1 to 2 months apart, to achieve desired results. The time between the peels allows skin cells to renew and turn over, with each subsequent peel exfoliating cells and treating new cells just beneath the skin’s surface.