Chemical Peel Myths
Interested in getting a chemical peel, but you're afraid of some things you've heard about getting one? Our UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care aestheticians debunk some common myths and misconceptions:
Myth: Chemical Peels Will Leave You With Significant "Downtime"
People tend to associate chemical peels with the infamous "Sex and the City" episode where Samantha had a chemical peel and looked as if her face had been burned and her skin was about to fall off. This type of significant downtime is usually only the result of a very deep chemical peel performed by a physician. These types of chemical peels (most commonly phenol) are not often performed anymore. Now, we have advanced technology with laser treatments that result in fewer side effects and less downtime.
There are many different types of peels available. Post-peel recovery time depends on the type and strength of peel. However, many types of peels don't call for downtime at all! For example, our most popular Micropeel, the "Lunch Hour Peel," has no recovery time. The main thing is to keep your face moisturized after every peel - and no picking your skin!
Myth: Chemical Peels Can Be Performed at Home
Just because you can buy a peel online or even at the local drug store, that does not mean the peel should be performed at home by untrained individuals. A professional can do a much better job choosing a chemical peel that matches your skin type and the results you want to achieve. Something you buy over the counter may not be suitable to your skin type, resulting in irritation - or worse.
Myth: The Chemicals in Peels Are Bad for You
The word "chemical" in a peel or the "acid" ingredients in some peels may scare you. But when performed by a professional, chemical peels are a fantastic way to improve your skin. Many chemical peels actually use naturally occurring acids - including fermented milk in lactic acid peels, sugar cane in glycolic peels, and bitter almond extract in mandelic peels.
Myth: "I Should Expect to Experience the Same Outcome and Response Each Time I Receive a Peel"
It is NOT uncommon for a patient to experience different responses to the same peel throughout their treatment series. A patient's response to a peel can depend on a number of different factors - including weather/time of year, condition/health of patient's skin, overall skin tolerance, frequency of peel treatments and the person's skin care regimen. All of these factors can affect whether a patient has a strong response to a peel treatment or a mild one. If you experience a different response to the same treatment, that doesn't mean you're not benefitting from it.
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