Chemical peel… should you?


Thursday 6th November 2008

We all remember that episode of Sex and the City where Samantha gets a chemical peel just in time for Carrie’s party, only to realise that she should have factored in some recovery time after having the treatment.

Chemical skin peels can have fabulous, dramatic results on the skin, and it seems like everyone is talking about them. However it’s important, as with any cosmetic procedure, to do your research as they might not be right for everyone. There are various levels of skin peel that you can have, and it generally sits along the lines of light, medium and deep peels.

A light peel will probably cause your skin to turn a little pink, but shouldn’t have any dramatic after-effects, perhaps a slight discolouration of the skin or blotching, but these will both fade. You’ll be left with radiant skin that has a healthy glow.

A medium peel is slightly harsher causing ichy, peeling skin, and initial recovery time is around a week. The skin will be darker at first, then after the peeling process, it will go red until it returns to its normal state after three to six weeks, which is when the desired results will be noticed.

A deep peel is one that takes a lot of thought from you as the client, as it can cause quite a lot of pain and discomfort. Prepare to stay inside for at least two weeks post procedure as your skin will be sore and itchy. On the other hand, two weeks of pain equals up to ten years of looking great… you might even say ‘no pain, no gain’?!

Perhaps you have had a successful chemical peel? Or maybe an absolute nightmare experience? Share it with us here!


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