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Chemical Peel

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Underneath your skin is a brighter, smoother, and more refined complexion waiting to be revealed, and chemicals peels can help bring that out instantly. Whether you want to reduce discoloration caused by sun damage, clear up breakouts or smooth away the look of wrinkles, chemical peels are proven to improve your skin in more ways than one noticeably. If you have any questions about the Chemical Peel service in Bloomfield, CT. Do not hesitate to contact us in Connecticut. 

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What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin color changes, and scars, usually on the face. It can be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. A deep chemical peel provides more impactful results, but recovery is slower.  Our specialist will determine if a light, medium, or deep chemical peel is needed.

The benefits of chemical peels are designed to make the skin on a client’s face and neck have a smooth and radiant appearance. Chemical peels are some of the most popular facial treatments and provide results without any downtime. A chemical peel involves no invasive surgical procedures, anesthetic, or lasers. The peel can be customized for a client’s skin condition to provide the desired results and uses a variety of natural ingredients. Peels are a simple and affordable way to maintain a client’s skin with a luxurious and enjoyable treatment.


How Does It Work?

A chemical peel is designed to remove the top layer of a client’s skin using natural ingredients and an acid, like glycolic acid. There are three main types of peels: deep peels that penetrate deep and have a long peel time, medium peels that penetrate less deep, and light peels that only penetrate the very surface of the skin for the shortest peel time.

The dead skin cells are removed, leaving the skin fresh and rejuvenated. Young skin is exposed on the face and neck, giving the face a glowing appearance after the chemical peel. Scars and discoloration can have a reduced appearance with regular chemical peels. The skin grows back over time and will eventually become dull.

Once a peel level is determined and applied, based on needs and skin condition, the skin appears tight and lifted for some time after the treatment. Clients will enjoy even tones and textures and a reduction in hyperpigmentation and dark spots on the skin. Acne can be treated, as well as acne scars, with different types of peel treatments, providing clients with glowing and exfoliated skin. The skin can appear younger by removing sun damage and fine lines with treatment. Clogged pores and enlarged pores can also be treated.

Before Treatment

During the consultation, clients should inform their treatment specialist if they have a history of viral infections like cold sores. Clients with facial scarring should also discuss this during the consultation. A client taking skin medications should inform the skincare specialist, as they may be asked to avoid these medications for some time.


How will my skin look after a chemical peel treatment?

Professional peel side effects can include redness, dryness, itching or irritation as well as swelling, tightness, peeling or scabbing. With 2-3 days, skin may look flaky or tan as the outermost surface peels off to make room for more radiant, new skin. You may also notice temporarily more pronounced discoloration or age spots as they rise to the skin’s surface before getting sloughed away.  Your skin is more delicate after a peel, so avoid direct sun exposure.


What should I do after a chemical peel treatment?

It is important to moisturize after a chemical peel. The fresh skin is sensitive, and the skin may still be peeling following the treatment. Moisturizers will not prevent the peeling, as it is part of the chemical peel process, but will soothe the skin and help to replenish the loss of temporary moisture in the skin. Clients will want to avoid harsh moisturizers and go for a neutral moisturizer that is light on additives.

Clients should start with a minimal amount of moisturizer following their treatment and work their way up to their normal portion. Clients should spread the moisturizer thinly and avoid unnecessary scrubbing or rubbing of the skin. By the end of the week, a client can comfortably follow their normal moisturizer routine.


What Other Care Should I Take After Chemical Peels?

Clients should avoid direct sun exposure after a chemical peel. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is a must for peel clients. Sunscreen should be worn any time a client may come in contact with the sun, and this includes time spent driving in the car and on overcast days.

Clients should also avoid rubbing or massaging the treated skin for several days. The skin will peel, but clients should refrain from picking or peeling the skin manually. Clients with long hair may want to wear their hair back to avoid irritation.


Can I Wear Makeup?

When a client can begin wearing cosmetics will depend on the depth of the exfoliation. In general, clients should avoid most makeup products for at least seven days following their chemical peel treatment. The skin needs time to heal, so only moisturizer and sunscreen should be worn to protect the skin for several days.


Proper Post-Peel Skin Care:

You can minimize your skin’s downtime afterward by practicing these expert tips:

Wash your face with cool water. Warm or hot water might not feel as good as cool or cold water, which can help soothe post-peel sensations.

Moisturize and hydrate. Since peels can temporarily compromise your skin’s protective barrier, it’s important to reinforce that barrier with a medium-to-thick moisturizer. Also, drink more water to help avoid dehydration, which could make your skin feel tight.

Apply sunscreen with SPF30 or more. Your skin is more delicate after a peel, so avoid direct sun exposure, which can lead to even more visible signs of skin aging. If you must be exposed, use a Broad Spectrum physical sunscreen.

Avoid strenuous workouts, dry saunas and steam rooms. Increased blood circulation to the face can intensify warming, tingling, itching, redness or other uncomfortable side effects on freshly peeled skin. Skip such activities on the day you use a peel.

Don’t over-exfoliate. Peels are maximum-strength exfoliants, so you don’t need to use a separate exfoliant (like a scrub, brush or exfoliating cleanser) within 3-4 days of your peel. Over-exfoliating can lead to more redness or sensitivity, so wait until your skin feels up to it.


Once your skin feels “back to normal” after a peel, it’s generally considered OK to resume your normal skincare regimen. For more personalized advice, ask our professional skin therapist how to incorporate peels into your lifestyle.  At Gentle Touch CT we will always ensure that you receive the best care to obtain the results you want. Call (860) 216-6225 to make your appointment or email info@GentleTouchCT.com. Initial Consultation is free! Contact us to know more about our Chemical Peel services in Connecticut.