I’ve had a number of chemical peels done over the years at Juvly Aesthetics but I’ve never dedicated a post to this beauty treatment until today! I wanted to break down some details on what it is, what the treatment is like and what I do afterwards to make the most of the chemical peel process.
What is a Chemical Peel?
“PCA skin professional products are scientifically formulated to gently stimulate, firm and tighten skin little or no recovery time. PCA Chemical Peels are designed to enhance the skin’s complexion and texture and are ideal for acne, sun damage, aging skin, and dry skin.
It works by exfoliating the face, neck, and decolletage with various acids (including naturally derived milk acids) and protecting with good-for-you antioxidants and bio-available vitamins. The main ingredients are TCA or trichloroacetic acid, alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids such as lactic, citric, salicylic, glycolic, kojic, ascorbic and azelaic acids. PCA Peels also contain retinol, polyphenols, antioxidants, and vitamins.”
– Borrowed from Juvly Aesthetics
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
First, I scheduled my Chemical Peel appointment on the Juvly Aesthetics website. I love this feature because I can see what dates & times are available that work for me. Much more quick and efficient than trying to coordinate schedules over the phone.
For the week leading up to my Chemical Peel, I stopped using retinol as directed by my aesthetician.
During a Chemical Peel
First your skin is cleansed and a preparation treatment is applied. The preparation treatment has a strong scent so my aesthetician is kind enough to give me a hand held fan to help it dry quickly. Depending on the type of peel your aesthetician suggests based on your needs & concerns, there may be multiple treatment layers. When the peel treatment is applied, this is when you will likely experience mild burning. Each layer is allowed to calm before the next is applied. Again, the handheld fan is a lifesaver during this process. Typically a final layer of retinol is applied at the end of the treatment.
After a Chemical Peel
My aesthetician uses a tinted powder sunscreen by ColorScience to protect me immediately after my treatment. You will need to limit sun exposure for the first few days.
Because of all the layers applied of the peel, retinol, protectants, etc; I let them do their work and will leave everything on my face for at least 12 hours. When it is time to wash my face, I will only use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser & CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It is very important to only use gentle cleansers & moisturizers on your skin for the first few days after your chemical peel treatment.
Healing After a Chemical Peel
Everyone is different and your healing time will also depend on what level of intensity your peel was. If you’ve never had a peel done before and you’re not sure how you will heel, don’t schedule your appointment before a big event. You might be red for a few days, your skin will likely get peel & flake; much like it would after a sunburn. The pictures below are of me 24 hours after a medium peel.
Should you get a Chemical Peel?
If you’re curious if you’d be a good candidate, I highly suggest you go get a consultation! Each aesthetician is going to have different specialties and they will be able to answer questions for you so you can make the right choice for yourself.
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