When the temperatures drop and there’s less moisture in the air, your skin tends to be drier. As it turns out, that’s the best time for a chemical peel, especially for people who suffer from rosacea and eczema.
Why? Because chemical peels are designed to remove dry and damaged skin from your face and unearth a younger, smoother, more hydrated version of your skin.
What happens during a chemical peel?
- During a chemical peel, an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin.
- Doctors use alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or phenol solutions and apply them to your face, neck or hands.
- It’s an outpatient procedure. You don’t have to stay in a hospital.
- First, the person performing your peel will clean your skin thoroughly before applying the chemical solution to small areas of your skin.
- The solutions create “controlled wounds,” allowing new skin to emerge in its place.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
- Chemical peels take out the outer layer of your skin, the layer that’s been exposed to environmental toxins, dry conditions and other factors that damage your skin.
- Chemical peels are known to reduce acne scars.
- Chemical peels can be tailored to fit an individual’s specific needs, from a light peel to a strong peel.
- They can also pair well with other aesthetic medical procedures.
- Who doesn’t want younger, smoother skin?
Why should you get a chemical peel during the winter?
- Chemical peels work best when you get a series of them. Because the weather is typically colder and gloomier, it gives you more time to stay out of the sun and let your face heal for seven to 10 days after each session.
- When you get a peel in the winter, it makes your skin smoother and more ready for the summer.
What happens after a chemical peel?
- After a chemical peel, your skin will look sunburned.
- Peeling starts with redness, then moves to scaling. It takes three-seven days for the scaling to go away.
- Light peels can be done multiple times to achieve the look you want.
- Medium and deep peels will likely blister more, crust, turn brown and take up to 2 weeks to peel. You can only repeat medium and deep peels about every six months to once a year.
- Staying out of the sun is very important after a chemical peel. Talk to your doctor because it could be several months before you are ready for UV rays.
- You might also have to wear bandages around the area where you got the chemical peel to protect your skin.
- Scarring is possible, and some people are more susceptible to scarring from chemical peels than others.