If you're considering an acid peel, then you'll need to know about aftercare. This is vitally important to the success of your peel and the health of your skin. In this article, we will discuss what you need to do in order to ensure that your acid peel is successful. We'll also cover any potential complications that may arise and how to deal with them. So, if you're ready to take the plunge into acid peels, read on for all the information you need!
Acid peels are a great way to improve the appearance of your skin. They can help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage. Peels can also even out your skin tone and make your complexion brighter. However, before you undergo a peel, it's important that you understand the risks involved. Complications from acid peels are rare, but they can occur. These complications can include infection, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.
After your acid peel, it's important to know what kind of aftercare is required in order to heal properly. Here are some tips on aftercare for your acid peel:
Keep your skin clean and moisturized. Do wash your face once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser and liberally apply moisturizer after cleansing and throughout the day as needed to prevent dryness and formation of crust.
Sun protection is critical. You should avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen when you go outside - apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with at least SPF 30, reapply often, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and seek shade when possible. Be careful of sun exposure and wear sunscreen daily for at least 2 weeks after the acid peel.
It's also important to avoid picking at your skin or scrubbing it too vigorously. These activities can cause irritation and lead to complications.
You should avoid also the use of any exfoliating treatments including products containing AHA/BHA or any other exfoliating agents such as facial brushes.
You should also avoid using products containing retinoids including retinol for at least 2 weeks after the acid peel.
You should also avoid any hair removal treatments and/or systems including laser and IPL treatments, waxing, sugaring, threading, and the use of depilatories for at least 2 weeks following the treatment.
You should also avoid any heat treatments like hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, sunbeds, and excessive gym workouts for at least a week following the acid peel treatment.
Avoid applying makeup or any other products different from the recommended ones to the treated area for at least 24 hours as this may cause irritation.
You should avoid swimming in chlorinated water for at least a week after the acid peel.
You should avoid having other facial/aesthetic treatments (including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers) for at least 2 weeks after the acid peel.
Immediately after the treatment, you may experience mild swelling, redness, dryness, skin sensitivity, itching, and sometimes peeling of the site which could last for a week to ten days. In the days after the peel, the skin may feel and look tight, with parchment-paper-like changes or darkening. While these are expected reactions from acid peels, if you experience excessive redness, swelling, or itching, or if you develop a rash and blisters, contact us or your doctor immediately as these may be signs of an infection.
Acid peels are a great way to improve the appearance of your skin. With proper aftercare, you can enjoy beautiful, healthy skin and prolong the results of the acid peel treatment. Just remember to follow your doctor's/aesthetician's instructions and take care of your skin after your peel.