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Is a Chemical Peel Safe for Sensitive Skin?

If you have sensitive skin, you may be concerned when it comes to different facial treatments such as chemical peels, for fear of your skin having a bad skin reaction. Although this is a common fear, the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute explain how a chemical peel works and how a dermatologist will ensure it is safe for your sensitive skin.

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Many wouldn’t think a facial with the word “chemical” in it would be safe on people with sensitive skin, but if done correctly, it is safe! A chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin to help reveal brighter skin underneath. They have many benefits such as fading facial discoloration, evening out skin tone from sun damage and improving collagen production. Collagen is naturally produced and helps to keep the skin tight and wrinkle-free. As we age, it is produced less and less but using skin care products or having different facials done can help to increase its production. Having chemical peels done every two months will help you see the best results. There are different types of chemical peels based on the sensitivity of your skin and the results you are hoping to achieve.

Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be mild or medium/deep. Mild chemical peels are for those with mild skin imperfections and are best for those with sensitive skin. A chemical solution with salicylic acid is placed on the face for about 30 minutes before being neutralized and wiped off. Some redness and flaking may appear and last up to one week, but no downtime is needed. After the peel you will notice smoother skin, a change in minor skin discoloration and an improvement in any dry patches on the face.

During a medium/deep peel a higher concentration of salicylic acid is used in the chemical solution applied on the face. The solution stays on the face a bit longer than the mild peel before being neutralized and wiped off. Skin sensitivity and significant shedding of the skin will take place for up to one week after the peel. These peels are best for those looking to eliminate fine lines, acne, and severe skin discoloration.

How to Know if You Have Sensitive Skin

Knowing if you have sensitive skin or not is important as you head into your chemical peel. A dermatologist can help you determine this but some signs include if you have reactive skin. Does your skin show signs of irritation when a certain soap, perfumes or laundry detergent is used? If so, you likely have sensitive skin. Does your skin show signs of redness in the form of a rash or a flushed look? This could be another sign you have sensitive skin. Additionally, if your skin is itchy after using hot water or using certain cleansing products, you likely have sensitive skin. Having sensitive skin just means that you need to pay more attention to products you use and facials you get. Fortunately, a dermatologist can tailor a facial such as a chemical peel to your skin type.

If you are in Bloomington, Illinois or surrounding areas, let the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute give you a chemical peel for bright, glowing skin. Complete this form to get in touch with a dermatologist to help make you an appointment.

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