In today’s world, everyone is searching for the fountain of youth—be it through buying a ton of anti-aging cream or investing in an expensive foundation that’s supposed to give you skin as smooth as Beyoncé’s.

If only people could go back in time to live another day in their early 20s when their skin was clear, smooth, and soft…

Thankfully, chemical peels were introduced to help everyone get back to the skin of their dreams. According to statistics, the treatment was used by nearly 1.36 million people who wanted to get rid of dull skin.

You’ve probably read a lot about how the revolutionary treatment works like magic on your skin, but do you know what happens after it? Take a look at a few things you should expect after you’ve undergone a chemical peel treatment.

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Your skin will peel

Just like the name suggests, the treatment will make your skin peel. In fact, you should expect your skin to peel for 3 to 10 days, depending on the type of treatment you received.

If you went for the medium-depth chemical peel, your skin would shed for 3 to 5 days to reveal the baby pink skin underneath all the dead skin cells. Whereas, if you got a treatment that contained phenol for a deeper face cleanse, your skin would likely peel for 7 to 10 days. So don’t schedule the treatment close to a big event!

Your skin will be red and inflamed

If chemicals are involved, your skin will be a little irritated after the treatment. face maskHowever, before you think of the inflammation as a side-effect and start worrying, know that it’s not. In fact, it’s normal for your skin to appear red immediately after the treatment.

To soothe the inflammation and minimize the redness on your face, you should take your skincare regime up a notch by incorporating hydrating serums or gels that contain ceramides or hyaluronic acid. This will stabilize the new skin and fight away signs of damage.

Heat exposure will irritate your skin

Since chemical peels are used to accelerate the exfoliation of dead skin cells, the new and fresh skin is sensitive to harsh environments—especially sunrays. Sun exposure can cause the delicate skin to become irritated, which may result in the formation of brown spots. As such, you must use a moisturizer or sunscreen with a high SPF to protect the new layers of the skin at all costs.

In addition to that, you should avoid steam and hot showers as they will overheat the skin, resulting in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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Southern Dermatology offers a range of skin services and treatments to ensure your skin gets optimal care and attention it deserves. In addition to offering one of the best chemical peels, we offer other skin rejuvenation treatments in Lawrenceville, including body sculpting and laser hair removal.