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Artificially removing the outer layer of skin helps speed up the body’s natural process of skin renewal. It can be done by a process called peeling or exfoliating.
The skin grows back without replicating many of the problems that have developed during its life-such as fine lines, sun damage, dark spots etc. Consistently removing the outer layers of skin (epidermis) results in skin that is well hydrated, less pigmented, and more youthful looking.
Before applying any AHA or BHA product to the face, apply a small patch test to either the inner forearm or under the chin for 1 minute to test skin sensitivity. Wait 48 hours before applying to face.
You want to be careful not to remove skin faster than new skin can grow.
If you have specific problems you are trying to correct, and think a more intensive peel is needed, you can certainly use the Glycolic/50 and Lactic/70. Most people generally prefer the Glycolic/35 or Lactic/50 because they are strong, but do not have quite the risk of over peeling as the more powerful peels do.
Sun Exposure Warnings
You should never apply a chemical peel to sunburned or reddened skin because of the potential skin irritation.
The sun can be your best friend or worst enemy. Sunlight can provide your skin with Vitamin D and can even help with bad acne. Still it’s important to watch for over exposure to the sun. Obvious sun damage includes sunburns and skin cancer, but sun damage can also include thick, dry skin, wrinkles, blotches and discoloration, and those freckly sun spots. Sun spots are not unrelated to age spots or liver spots, high exposure to the sun can make us age prematurely.
Suntans are essentially controlled radiation burns; tans are actually something that your body needs to heal from. Sunspots happen when your body can no longer heal itself properly. What remain from the tan are small brown spots. Fortunately, sun spot removal is possible. There’s no reason to look old before your time.
The skin around the eyes is very delicate, and therefore more susceptible to the effects of the sun and environmental factors. For this reason, it is SO important to take extra care to protect it. The eyes are typically the first area on the face to show signs of aging. The eyes have few oil glands, meaning they need more hydration.
Several non-surgical cosmetic treatments can successfully remove sun spots including Chemical Peels. Remember just because there are great aesthetic procedures to correct sun damage skin available, it doesn’t give you a license to go gallivanting in the sun. Always wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself.
Tingling or Burning After a Peel
If you experience discomfort following an application, it could be for a couple of reasons. First, you want to make sure you have washed your face completely and removed all traces of the peel. If the peel is left on the face, it will continue to penetrate the skin, causing irritation. So, you want to thoroughly remove the peel.
Once the peel has been removed, your skin should only stay a pinkish color (similar to that of a sunburn) for 5-10 minutes. If it lasts longer than that, the peel has penetrated to deep.
You should wait at least 10-14 days before applying peel again. This will allow the new skin to fully regenerate between peels.
Upon applying the peel to your skin again you should reduce the application time. Start with 30 seconds and work up. As your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment you may increase application time and/or thickness of the application as your are comfortable.