Chemical Peel Preparation & Aftercare

med spa in princeton, new jerseyAt Derma Cosmedica, we provide a comprehensive menu of cosmetic procedures including chemical peels. Chemical peels are used to address acne as well as uneven skin tones. Whether you need an illuminating glow right before a big event, or you are looking for a deeper more detoxifying peel, our Hamilton, NJ medical spa can help you enhance your skin with medical grade peels. Learn more about preparing for your chemical peel, as well as helpful aftercare info, below.

Chemical Peels in Hamilton, NJ

Chemical peels involve resurfacing the skin to reveal smoother, blemish-free skin through the use of a chemical that is applied to the skin, making the top layers peel off. The most common chemicals present in chemical peels include retinoic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid. It is a safe procedure that is effective for improving the appearance of scars, age spots, and discoloration. It also treats severe cases of acne and makes the skin look brighter, smoother, and younger.

Preparing for Your Chemical Peel

Dr. Joseph Guarino is one of Hamilton’s leading physicians for cosmetic enhancement procedures. During your initial consultation, he will determine which chemical peel will best meet your needs and goals. To best prepare for your chemical peel, do not exfoliate your skin at least a week prior to your appointment as chemical peels are an in-depth form of exfoliation. Additionally, stop using any anti-aging products as these may impact how your skin tolerates the peel.

Your skin will peel for a five to seven days following your chemical peel. It’s important not to schedule a chemical peel too close to a special occasion. Perhaps the most noticeable symptom that you’ll experience is skin peeling on your face. This is nothing to be worried about, as the goal of your chemical peel is to peel away old skin to reveal healthier skin beneath.

Aftercare for Chemical Peels

Following your chemical peel, you’ll need to take certain precautions to ensure your skin heals properly. Your skin will be extra sensitive for a few days following your chemical peel, making it important to wear sunscreen and avoid using harsh facial products that could irritate the new skin. Dr. Guarino recommends that chemical peel patients use a gentle cleanser and a hydrating gel to soothe their skin, and to steer clear of applying any hot water to the face. Expect a maximum of ten days before you see the full results of your peel. While chemical peels are not as gentle as in-office facials, they provide remarkable results that is well worth the time it takes to recover.

Interested in getting a chemical peel in Hamilton, NJ? Schedule an appointment today!