Do I need a Chemical peel, what are skin peels and how will they help your skin? This is a common thing asked at Red Lotus Skin and Peel Salon in Portland, Or.
Don't believe everything you hear about chemical peels!
Celebrity favorite, chemical peels (how else do you think they get so gorgeous?) are a great way to keep skin looking fresh, smooth and youthful. But despite their popularity many myths remain about what they can do, how they work, and what they entail. To help dispel any false ideas about chemical peels we are stepping in with the facts.
Myth #1: All chemical peels are the same.
Not all peels are created equal. “Chemical peel” is actually just a general classification for a number of chemical treatments used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Some are stronger than others and they provide varying results depending on the skin-saving effects you’re after.
Myth #2: Getting a chemical peels means lots of downtime.
Post-peel recovery time depends on the type and strength of peel you have had, but many don’t call for downtime. For example, the common alpha-hydroxy and glycolic acid peels have little or no recovery time. However, the skin can be sensitive so it requires you to baby it for a couple days.
Myth #3: Chemical peels don’t really do anything.
If you think chemical peels are just another skin care promise that does not deliver, think again. After all, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and the other Hollywood stars who reportedly love them cannot be wrong. Chemical peels can be effective for photo-aging, such as age spots and wrinkles, improving acne and modest acne scarring. They are also very effective at exfoliating and smoothing the skin, as well as improving skin texture.
Myth #4: Chemical peels are bad for you.
The word “chemical” might not sound like something you should ever associate with your skin, but when performed correctly chemical peels are a safe way to improve your skin. Many chemical peels actually use naturally occurring acids found in fruits in the case of alpha hydroxy acid, and other foods like sugar cane in the case of glycolic peels.
Myth #5: Chemical peels hurt.
During some peels (a TCA or Phenol peel for example), the chemicals act as an anesthetic so pain is minimal. During alpha hydroxy acid peels, which are milder than TCA or Phenol peels, the only feeling is a slight stinging sensation during the treatment.
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