Chemical peels are one of the most popular skin treatments performed today. They are used to treat a variety of skin issues like acne, wrinkles, discoloration and to maintain a glowing complexion.

Chemical peels are one of the most popular skin treatments performed today. They are used to treat a variety of skin issues like acne, wrinkles, discoloration and to maintain a glowing complexion.

Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths and combinations. It is important to seek the guidance of a professional in a medical environment to achieve the desired results and to avoid severe complications. If a chemical peel is acquired through a compounding pharmacy by a licensed physician, it is medical grade. Some chemical peels used in day spas or salons come from skincare companies and they are prepackaged. Although these types of peels are safe, they may have ingredients that can weaken the effects of the chemicals. This can make it more difficult to get the desired results from a chemical peel, as well as increase overall cost from requiring more treatments to achieve good results.

One of the most effective and safest chemical peels that are provided at Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery is the Quad-Peel. The Quad-Peel is custom blended by a compounding pharmacy with Phenol, Trichloracetic Acid (aka TCA), Salicylic Acid, Retinoic Acid and Vitamin C. The Quad-Peel is safe for all skin types and is effective for the majority of common skin issues. Used in conjunction with other medical devices and medical grade skincare, this medical grade chemical peel can create noticeable change within a couple of weeks.

It is important to understand that when you seek to make a true change with your skin from a professional service like a chemical peel, you’ll also need to be a part of the process. That means, once a chemical peel is done, or you’re committed to a series of chemical peels for skin correction, you will need to support the process with good skincare at home. A chemical peel will help your skin maximize the benefits of using a quality skincare system at home. Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery offers only the highest grade, potent product lines to support your skin transformation and maintenance. Only products that are compounded by a pharmacy and/or those that have solid, scientific documentation that show support for each ingredient put into those products will be offered by Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery. Revision Skincare is an example of what we carry and is amongst the top rated and affordable products that we support.

Another important step in the process you will be contributing to is the after care. It is important to read all post care instructions and be sure to ask your skin professional as many questions as necessary, until you feel comfortable with what to do once you leave from your chemical peel service. Some of the obvious, but sometimes not adhered to instructions are related to sun exposure. It is important to be mindful of the complications that can arise from improper sun protection during the healing time after a medical grade chemical peel. If you are not sure if something may or may not cause a complication, always contact your skin professional for advice. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery and Dr. Rod like what Renée Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician with 25 years of experience has to say about post chemical peel do’s and don’ts. Here are a few of our favorites from her tips and advice section on her website:

Treat your skin gently. Instead of using a washcloth on your facial, switch to a gentler option like a baby washcloth or Renée Rouleau Facial Sponges. The rough texture of a washcloth can be too aggravating for skin that is already irritated.

Wear SPF. You’re exposing vulnerable immature cells so you must make sure they don’t get damaged from UV rays. Apply sunscreen daily on the face and neck.

Limit your time outdoors to reduce sun exposure.

Use soothing products with Chamomile, Azulene and Sea Whip to comfort the skin and reduce redness.

Use antioxidants. Since the skin has been traumatized, free radical production is high. Suppress the free radical activity with an antioxidant moisturizer.

Use a skin lightener. Since chemical peels can stimulate melanin activity, you don’t want to end up with post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, a condition where you can develop brown spots post-peel (common in skin that already struggles with discoloration/brown spots). Our Vitamin C & E Treatment works beautifully for preventing and lightening discoloration.

Pick at the skin! The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to “burn” off the surface dry, damaged cell layers and reveal younger-looking, healthy new cells. But to do this, the skin has to shed and that’s part that people dislike the most. But picking off dry, flaky skin when it may not be ready to come off can result in scarring and unnecessary redness.

Over-moisturize to compensate for post-peeling dryness. When the skin is peeling and flaky, it’s normal to want to apply heavier moisturizer to alleviate dryness and comfort the irritated skin. The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to peel. So to hydrate peeling skin when it wants to shed off, will not give you the best benefit and prolongs the down-time of the peel. Just use your regular moisturizer and let the skin do what it wants to do.

Exfoliate. It is so important to not remove the dry skin before its time and to let the skin shed naturally. Facial scrubs and acids will only irritate the irritation further and could result in scarring the skin.

Bottom line: Hands off, protect your skin with SPF, use calming ingredients and let it run its course.

Always seek a medical grade chemical peel for the best results from a chemical peel, and always seek a licensed professional guided by a physician for the safest treatment. Consultations are always free at Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery. Come in to learn more about what our medical grade chemical peels can do for you!

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