Going for your first chemical peel can be unnerving if you are not sure what to expect. Our Cara Skin Care expert has given us a rundown of what happens to help first-time peelers get all the info before entering the treatment room.
First, the esthetician doing the chemical peels will cleanse the face with distilled water and an AHA or Glycolic based cleanser, this gives the esthetician a brief glimpse at how the skin will react to the peel. After the cleanse the esthetician will degrease the skin using a pre-prep solution, this removes all the oils on the skins surface to prepare the skin for the peel. Now the skin is ready. The peel is then applied to the skin. Depending on how the clients skin reacts and the strength of the peel it can be on for 1-7 min. During that time the esthetician will ask the client about their level of activity from 1-10, 1 being it's fine, 10 being "get this off". Though it may be annoying to hear the esthetician constantly ask you for your levels of activity, all skin types are different and the level of activity can spike within seconds. It is simply done as a precaution to keep the client comfortable, and the skin safe. The level of chemical peels varies, depending on if you have or have not “worked your skin up” to one of the stronger peels. The esthetician will not use the strongest one on a first-time peeler. Rather she would keep a record of the peels you have done and how your skin reacted from that peel and she will customize the plan for the following peel. What the client needs to understand is that one chemical peel will not magically fix the skin issue the client has, depending on what the client is wanting to improve in their skin. Once the peel is removed from the skin, the esthetician will add a mask to soothe the skin to complete the chemical peel. Following through with the estheticians home care is crucial for the results you will have after your chemical peel. The esthetician will provide you with a post-treatment kit. These will most likely be gentle products as your skin has just been freshly peeled and will be more sensitive to the sun as well as other products. Use your post-treatment kit for as long as the products last. The esthetician is giving you these so she knows your skin will be given the nutrients and proper care it needs, and to ensure you will not be adding AHA or glycolic to your routine for at least 3 weeks.
With that, we hope that if you had the pre-chemical peel jitters that you now feel comfortable enough to enter the treatment room to start working towards beautiful glowing skin!