This winter, your skin might be feeling the negative effects of the cold more than ever before. Chemical peels are an excellent way to counter winter dryness and treat other, year round skin frustrations.
A chemical peel is a very effective, yet noninvasive way to treat a number of medical and cosmetic skin conditions. A chemical peel works as an effective skin treatment for a number of reasons. At its core, you’re not wrong to think of a chemical peel like a facial. A facial is a relaxing and cleansing treatment that targets the topmost layers of your skin. It can help to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from your skin. This is similar to the main goal of a chemical peel, but not quite. A chemical peel uses a chemical solution that generally contains a safe form of acid, commonly salicylic or glycolic. These acids are safe for skin, but they do damage a few, superficial layers of your skin. The goal of a chemical peel is to damage and kill problematic skin cells and encourage healthier skin to grow in its place.
In the winter, a chemical peel can help people suffering from chronic, seasonal dry skin. If you have dry skin, you will usually notice that it gets worse in the winter. This is because cold air contains far less humidity than warm, summer or spring air. Dry skin means your skin’s moisture barrier isn’t up to the task of preventing air from sapping moisture from you. Regardless of when your dry skin shows up, a commonly impacted region is the face. A chemical peel can give you a fresh start, eliminating this dry skin and encouraging healthier skin to grow in its place. A chemical peel isn’t magic, but in the dead of a New England winter, it might just feel like it.
A chemical peel doesn’t take long, but expect to be in the office for about an hour, sometimes more. Depending on your needs, your dermatologist will recommend the strength and type of chemical used in your peel. There is a chemical peel for every skin type, even if dryness isn’t really your problem this winter. A chemical peel can be a little intense, so some discomfort during and after the procedure is to be expected. Most people report a burning sensation as the chemical solution is administered and until it’s removed. Following the removal of the peel, your skin may feel raw and tingly. The discomfort associated with a peel is relative to how powerful of a chemical solution your doctor uses.
Results from a chemical peel are not instant. In the days following a chemical peel, the skin will appear sunburnt and red as it flakes off. In about two weeks, you should start to see results, with the full effects of your peel evident in about 3 to 4 weeks. Chemical peels aren’t permanent fixes, but if you maintain your skin, you should be able to keep it healthy and free of dryness for months before needing another peel.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, but you don’t have to face it alone. Reach out to a trusted name in skincare, Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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