How to Prepare for a Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical Peel

The dramatic outcomes of chemical peels

Chemical peels for aesthetic purposes have been around since the ancient times — Cleopatra used sour milk (lactic acid) to keep her skin looking good. Recently, statistics by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that chemical peel treatments ranked fourth in the most frequently performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures last year.

The dramatic outcomes of chemical peels make them a popular choice with women and men who are looking into non-surgical options to brighten their face and improve their skin tone and texture. At Dr. Ip’s practices in Newport Beach and New York, chemical peels for facial rejuvenation come in varying degrees of strength, depending on the issues you want to improve and address.

Once you’ve made your chemical peel appointment, here is a run-through list on how to prepare for the procedure to achieve desired outcomes and avoid any complications:

  • Exfoliate your skin regularly weeks before the chemical peel treatment. Why do this when you’re going to have a chemical peel do the same? Using mild exfoliating products before your chemical peel appointment will help your skin adjust to the chemical peel. The pre-exfoliation basically sets the tone for the stronger chemical peel to come.
  • Avoid dehydration and take steps to hydrate yourself weeks before your chemical peel appointment. It is also a good idea to skip moderate to heavy exercise routines or activities that will dry your skin.
  • Avoid over-exercising or skip your workout altogether for at least two weeks before the chemical peel treatment. Apart from the possibility of causing dehydration on your end, increased activity levels can also increase blood flow or circulation in the face, which in turn will heighten your risk of bleeding and increase your risk of scarring post-treatment.
  • Do not use skin care products that you are not familiar with or haven’t used for a while weeks before your chemical peel appointment. This will help avoid future allergic reactions that could potentially affect your chemical peel outcomes.
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