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Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

It’s natural to be skeptical of a skin care treatment with “chemical” in its name. But you have nothing to fear when you work with experts like Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero and our skilled team at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, Virginia.

In the right hands, chemical peels offer exceptional solutions for numerous skin issues, from scars, acne, and wrinkles to sunspot discolorations. They’re especially effective at soothing sensitive skin conditions that cause redness and inflammation, including acne and rosacea.

Read on as we explain how chemical peels work, and why they’re a safe rejuvenating treatment for even the most sensitive skin.

Chemical peels 101

You may not see it, but your body naturally sheds dead skin cells. This process keeps your complexion fresh and vibrant with a constant flow of new skin cells. However, several factors can disrupt this process, including excess oil production and aging. That’s when skin issues arise, like a dull and lackluster complexion, wrinkles, or acne.

This is where chemical peels come in.

A chemical peel leverages the natural exfoliation process by removing built-up cells and triggering new cell production. This process leaves you with a fresher, more radiant complexion. And special chemical formulas — along with precise application and removal techniques — make it happen in a controlled and accelerated manner.

The Licensed Master Estheticians working with Dr. Caballero personalize your chemical peel treatment to your exact skin needs. The world-renowned Vi Peel® and PCA® Peel formulas they use ensure the perfect strategy for each unique skin type and skin care goal.

How chemical peels work

Different chemical peels offer different results. For instance, a light chemical peel removes the outermost layer of your skin, providing more subtle solutions. They come with little to no downtime.

On the far end of the spectrum are deep chemical peels. These provide dramatic results because they penetrate deeper into the skin. However, they also come with longer recovery times.

Our team of skin care specialists help determine the best chemical peel for you during your consultation. During this appointment, we ask questions about your general health and overall skin goals. We also assess the health, condition, and thickness of your skin.

After determining the chemical peel formula that will ensure the best results for your needs, we provide detailed instructions to prepare you for your upcoming treatment.

Pre-chemical peel instructions often include:

When the day of your chemical peel arrives, you should only wash your face with a non-residue soap. Don’t apply topical products, moisturizers, or cosmetics.

What to expect from your chemical peel

The Master Estheticians who work with Dr. Caballero can provide personalized guidance on what you can expect during and after your appointment, based on the specific formula used during your treatment.

Generally speaking, chemical peels are well-tolerated. However, after your treatment, you may have some mild skin tenderness, redness, or irritation. 

If you have a light peel, reactions typically fade quickly, and you can often wear cosmetics the next day. For medium peels, our team may recommend avoiding makeup for one week.

We also provide detailed instructions on post-chemical peel care to help optimize your results. These guidelines typically revolve around cleansing, moisturizing, and minimizing sun exposure. In most cases, we recommend monthly chemical peels to help leverage your skin’s natural cell turnover process. 

Ready to see how a chemical peel can renew your skin and revitalize your complexion? We’re here to help. Contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at 540-701-4656 today, or click online to schedule a consultation in our Warrenton, Virginia, office anytime.

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