Chemical peels have been around for centuries, but their popularity has grown recently due to their ability to improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. Despite their widespread use, many myths and misconceptions about chemical peels can prevent people from trying them out. Here is what Katie Darcy aesthetician, would like you to know about the most common myths and truths related to chemical peels to help you decide whether this treatment is right for you.
Myth 1: Chemical peels are painful
Truth: Chemical peels involve applying acids to the skin but are not necessarily painful. The level of discomfort experienced during a chemical peel depends on the strength of the peel and the individual’s pain tolerance. Mild peels may cause a slight tingling or stinging sensation, while deeper peels may be more uncomfortable. However, most people can tolerate the procedure with minimal discomfort.
Myth 2: Chemical peels are only for people with severe skin issues
Truth: Chemical peels can benefit people with various skin concerns, from mild to severe. Peels can help to improve the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. They can also help to improve skin tone and brightness.
Myth 3: Chemical peels are only for the face
Truth: While chemical peels are commonly used on the face, they can also be used on other body parts. Chemical peels can be used on the neck, chest, hands, and arms to help improve the appearance of sun damage and aging.
Myth 4: Chemical peels are dangerous
Truth: When performed by a trained and experienced professional, chemical peels are safe. However, like any cosmetic procedure, there is a risk of complications. Choosing a reputable provider and following all pre- and post-treatment instructions, such as avoiding topical products like Tretinoin (Retin-A) and body waxing, is important to minimize the risk of complications.
Myth 5: Chemical peels can only be done in the winter
Truth: While it is true that the sun’s UV rays can be damaging to the skin after a chemical peel, it is not necessary to avoid the sun altogether. Chemical peels can be performed year-round with proper sun protection, such as sunscreen and protective clothing.
Myth 6: Chemical peels are a one-time fix
Truth: Depending on the strength of the peel, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results. It is also important to maintain a good skincare routine and protect the skin from sun damage to maintain the results of the peel.
Myth 7: Chemical peels are only for people with fair skin
Truth: Chemical peels can benefit all skin types, including those with darker skin tones. Choose a peel specifically formulated for your skin type to minimize the risk of complications.
Myth 8: Chemical peels always result in peeling and downtime
Truth: There are various types of chemical peels, ranging from mild to deep, and the level of peeling and downtime can vary depending on the strength of the peel. Some peels may only result in minor flaking or redness, while others may require several days of downtime.
Talk to your doctor at Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics to discuss your options and determine the best chemical peel treatment plan for your needs.