Chemical peels come in different names. They are also called chemexfoliation or dermapeeling. However they all refer to the same process where chemical solutions enhance your skin by peeling off the layers of older skin to reveal the newer, more youthful skin underneath. They can be used to treat conditions like wrinkles, acne, scarring, sun spots, and scaly skin.
It’s ideal to work with an aesthetic doctor in Singapore to determine the depth of your peel and what treatment would work for your skin. If you are planning to get a chemical peel but aren’t sure what to expect, we’ve put together a small guide to help you on your way.
1. Mild Side-Effects
Misconceptions exist that chemical peels have long-lasting side effects or are painful to undergo. The truth is that most side-effects you experience will be mild and temporary. While everyone will have a different reaction to the peel, most people will experience some redness in the hours after the treatment.
In the days after you may notice some dryness, swelling, and flakiness. The discolorations and imperfections might even seem more noticeable than before. But don’t panic, it’s all a natural part of the aesthetic treatment process as the older skin gets peeled away. After a week the side effects should fade away and your skin should start to feel normal again.
It’s around this time you may also start to see the efficacy of the peel as the new healthy skin begins to form around the 1-2 week stage. Some redness or changes in skin tone might also be seen which is perfectly normal. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact your dermatologist to ask them about it.
2. Avoid Picking Peeling Skin
As your skin flakes and peels away, similar to a sunburn, it can be tempting to help the process by pulling or picking at the skin. Avoid this at all costs as it can lead to irritation and infections. At most you can gently remove the flakes while cleansing your face but that’s as far as you should go.
3. Skip The Makeup
Your skin might be more fragile and sensitive after a peel. At this stage it’s not a good idea to mix like those found in cosmetics with your healing skin. Avoid putting on makeup or any other cosmetics on your face for the first two weeks after a chemical peel. The substances found in makeup will irritate your skin and slow down the natural healing process.
4. Follow Up Appointments
Chemical peels in Singapore are not one-and-done sessions. We usually schedule follow up appointments after a chemical peel to check on patient progress and monitor any rare but potentially serious side effects. It also allows us the opportunity to temper and adjust the treatments as required.
You might think that just one chemical peel can drastically change your appearance, but the truth is that multiple sessions over the course of several months are required to give you the skin results you desire.
Chemical peels may not be suitable for all skin types. But if you are a good candidate, then they can be an aesthetic treatment option in Singapore to help manage chronic skin conditions, improve the texture and vitality of your skin, and offer anti-ageing benefits.
At Dr Plus Medical Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic, patient care and comfort are our primary concerns. We offer a wide range of beauty services which will be tailored to your needs. Contact us today to learn more about us and to make an appointment with our clinic.