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What Does a Chemical Peel Feel Like?

What Does a Chemical Peel Feel Like?

The amount of skin care products and facials that are available on the market can seem overwhelming. If you’re wanting to resurface your skin and reveal skin that’s fresher and healthier, chemical peels might be the way to go.

A chemical peel resurfaces your skin by removing old skin cells and making way for new and healthy skin. A customized facial plan that contains gentle chemical peels can help you subtly refresh your complexion on a regular basis.

At Ego in Modesto, California, our team offers customized chemical peel treatments that ensure physical comfort while still maximizing optimal results. If you’ve been thinking about getting a chemical peel with us, here’s what you should know beforehand.

How do chemical peels work?

Your skin is always regenerating itself in layers by peeling and shedding old skin. During this process, your body is producing collagen and elastin that keep your skin flexible and firm. Areas like your hands and face receive more stimulation, so they produce skin faster.

Chemical peels target the top layers of your skin since they receive the most sun damage and the least circulation. The chemical peel solution applied to the skin causes gentle controlled injury to the skin layers, similar to a sunburn.

As a result, your body rejects those upper layers of skin, and the affected skin peels off. This reveals newer, softer skin underneath. 

What are chemical peels used for?

Peels can treat several skin issues, such as: 

Your experiences and results may vary, depending on the kind of peel you choose. Deeper peels have a longer downtime, but they remove more layers of skin and deliver more dramatic results. 

What to expect from a chemical peel 

Most people who get any kind of chemical peel say it starts with a burning sensation that lasts about 5-10 minutes. After the burning feeling goes away, it’s typically followed by a stinging sensation that fades more slowly. You may also notice that your skin feels tight for a few days afterward. 

The intensity of the burning and stinging feelings may vary based on the kind of peel you get, your skin condition, and your skin tone. Our team asks you if you have any allergies or sensitivities to the chemical peels’ ingredients, which can also affect your comfort level.

For deeper peels, the discomfort might be enough for you to need over-the-counter pain relievers, but for milder peels, cool compresses could be all you need. Our team provides you with specific after-care instructions that cater exactly to your post-peel needs.

While your skin is healing, don’t pick at it to make it peel away faster, and don’t go outside without sun protection. Your skin may be tender and sensitive during this time, so only use gentle unscented products until your face is fully healed.

Note that more aggressive peels can leave you red and peeling for up to 10 days. If you want to minimize side effects, getting a series of more shallow peels can help you reach your goals without significant skin loss or post-peel discomfort.

At Ego, we offer many types of chemical peels that can tackle many types of skin issues. If you’d like to learn more about our chemical peels or any other facial services that we offer, contact one of our offices located in Modesto and Lodi, California, or use our online scheduler to request an appointment with us today.

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