With all of the different facial products out on the market today, it’s no surprise that women are becoming increasingly confused just what is necessary for their face and just what each and every product out there is for! So just what is a facial peel?
With all of the different facial products out on the market today, it’s no surprise that women are becoming increasingly confused just what is necessary for their face!
What is a Facial Peel?
A facial peel, perhaps more commonly known as a chemical peel, is a treatment that you can do at home, or go visit the dermatologist for. The purpose of a facial peel is to:
- Lessen the appearance of blemishes
- Help fade freckles
- Get rid of age spots
- Conceal any light scaring
- Smooth out any fine lines or wrinkles that may be present on your skin
Where can I get a Facial Peel?
You can buy facial peel products right off of the shelves of your favorite drugstore or beauty supply store. These are usually marketed as facial peel creams or “dermabrasion” systems. These products tend to be lighter than the treatments that you would receive at the dermatologist’s office.
They usually are made up of chemicals and alphahydroxy acids that work together to help remove dead skin cells and help uncover the newer, more youthful skin underneath. Most of these facial peel creams are applied to the face, left on for several minutes, and are then rinsed off with water. Some newer products these days come along with a dermabrasion tools that helps expedite the sloughing off of dead skin cells.
Some women are highly sensitive to these products, so it is important that you perform an allergy test before using these facial peel products.
Deeper facial peels can be done by either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. These involve stronger chemical creams or laser surgery. These types of chemical peels are great for anyone with deep blemishes or wrinkles.
Is there Anything Else I should Know about Facial Peels?
It’s important to acknowledge that a facial peel involves the use of chemicals, which can lead to a number of potential safety and health hazards. Some of the chemicals that you will find being used in a facial peel will bleach the skin, and some can be so potent and strong (especially if you have sensitive skin) that your skin may peel or become infected. After using chemicals on your skin, there is a good chance you will notice that your skin is red, swollen, and tender, and possibly scabby.
Usually these side effects will dissipate within a few days’ time, if not sooner, but for some women a chemical or facial peel will leave an unpleasant mark that will stay on their face for a lifetime.
If you go for a facial peel or perform one at home only every 3-6 months, you should not be seeing too many adverse side effects. Be sure to give your skin a fair amount of time to heal and restore itself before under going another facial peel treatment. This will help prevent any mishaps that would otherwise affect your skin.