- softening of the fine lines/wrinkles around the mouth/eyes;
- improvement in skin quality and texture;
- and improvement in complexion.
Maintaining SkinThe results are real, subjects had an average thickening of collagen of 20% after a period of 6 treatments performed weekly. If you completely stop, the collagen will slowly return to normal, so maintenance procedures are necessary to maintain the best results.
Longevity of BenefitsThe results you achieved from the acid products will not immediately disappear. However if a maintenance program is not implemented, the dead cell layer will once again build up, and the original problem will re-occur. This really depends on how sensitive your skin is. Typically you should wait at least 2-3 weeks before performing a second treatment for light peels, and 3-6 weeks for medium peels. You want to be sure that the skin from the first treatment is fully healed before a second application is applied. It is recommended that at least one peel be done once every six months in order to maintain results. The duration of the peel results varies depending on how well the patient takes care of their skin after the chemical peel. We recommend that a daily sun screen be used after either a light or deeper or moderate depth chemical peel. With good sun protection, results can last months to years, depending on the depth of the peel. Generally, the deeper peels have a more long lasting effect. This varies for each individual, but a maintenance peel is recommended every x weeks to maintain a smoother more even skin texture and skin tone.
Time Until Improvement for PigmentationEveryone’s condition is unique and we all respond quite differently to the same treatment. Results are dependent on the type of discoloration, the location of the problem area, use of sunblocks, extent of the damage and many other factors. Most tend to see or feel a change in their skin after just one or two applications, although multiple treatments are usually required for full effect. Results are not permanent, therefore continued use will be required in order to achieve desired results.
Break Outs After Peel
You may experience a breakout after a chemical peel as the skin is purging toxins.
“Deep cleansing and exfoliation is a “process” which takes some time to work.”
Using with Sensitive SkinIf you are prone to skin irritation, choose a salicylic peel over a glycolic peel. Salicylic peels are often less irritating, as they have anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Salicylic acid can also be found in combination products that include glycolic acid, lactic acid and other chemicals. Combination products give you the benefits of both types of chemicals. Wear a full-spectrum sun block to protect the new skin from sun exposure. Choose a product that has at least a 30 SPF. It’s not recommended for pregnant women to get salicylic acid peels. Dark-skinned people should avoid deep salicylic acid peels, as they can cause hypo pigmentation, or skin lightening. Be wary of increased skin sensitivity. The salicylic has the lowest risk of causing pigmentation of any superficial peel, and should not be a problem for normal daily activity. You should avoid direct sun exposure when possible and use a sunscreen when spending time outside. If you are planning to spend time in the water, you should not perform a salicylic treatment 5-7 days prior because of the increased sensitivity of the skin, you are much more likely to burn. You should also not apply salicylic acid to sunburned or reddened skin because of the potential skin irritation. Neither should your skin be severely damaged from the acid peel, but it may be red and shiny immediately after the peel and for several days following.
Other Factors Affecting SkinSkin conditions can be caused by:
- medical conditions
- environmental exposure
- air quality