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Cooler Weather and Chemical Peels: The Perfect Combination

As the weather cools and the days begin to shorten, it is an ideal time of year for you to get the chemical peel you’ve been wanting.  This blog post discusses the benefits of a chemical peel, how it works, and why winter is the perfect time to have this treatment.

All year round we work on exfoliating our skin with retinols, glycolic pads, and even facial scrubs. A chemical peel will work go a little deeper and remove the dead skin cells, pull melasma out of your skin and allow your serums to penetrate the skin more efficiently. By removing the top layer of skin cells it stimulates the skin to regenerate. The byproduct?  Your face will look refreshed and rejuvenated. Chemical peels can get rid of discoloration caused by sun damage or other injuries to the skin, such as acne-related dark spots.

Traditionally chemical peels were only safe for fair skinned individuals because the acids were too strong and would cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in darker skinned patients. Now there are many chemical peels that work well with all skin colors and skin types. Chemical peels can be helpful in patients with acne by reducing skin break-outs as they can be used to remove dirt and skin cells that often clog pores and lead to blemishes.

Finally, patients experience a brightening of the skin, an improvement of skin tone and coloration, and an overall youthful appearance after a chemical peel. As a minimally-invasive treatment that takes less than one hour, the chemical peel is one of the easiest, most effective ways to improve the appearance of your skin.

During your chemical peel treatment, a topical solution containing an acid (such as AHA – alpha hydroxy acid or THA – trichloraceptic acid) or a phenol will be applied to your face.  It may also be applied to the décolletage or hands, depending on your personal preferences and ultimate goals. The solution will be left on the skin for a certain amount of time and then removed.

A specialty cocktail can be tailored to your skin needs.

During the first days after a chemical peel, you will feel like you have a sunburn. and your skin will be red and sensitive.  After some time, your skin will be gently flaking, revealing new skin. You will be given an aftercare kit with instructions on how to care for your face as it heals, and it is important to follow these instructions to optimize your results.  You will need to keep your healing skin out of the sun for several weeks.

It is during the fall and wintertime that the air is driest.  We are often indoors where humidity may be even lower due to the use of indoor heating systems.  Because of this, we often experience drier skin in the cooler months, which makes it an ideal time for an intensely hydrating treatment such as a chemical peel.

In addition, your skin is easier to protect from the sun while it is healing during the seasons when the days are shorter and sun exposure is less intense. This is the perfect time of year to get a chemical peel to experience radiant, youthful skin.

If you are ready to experience glowing, new skin, contact Hudson Face and Eye at 347.788.1841 to schedule your chemical peel today.

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