What to know before getting your first Chemical Peel

Anyone who's seen Sex in the City can understand that the thought of a chemical peel can be, well, intimidating. But peels don't have to be scary. In fact, they can actually work wonders for your skin.

The perfect cocktail of exfoliating acids can obliterate acne, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. Before you hit up your provider for a treatment, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  1. Lay off retinol, acne treatments, and prescription topicals for up to seven days before your peel (check with your provider)

  2. There are many different peel agents and depths...from superficial to deep. Retinol peels are more likely to cause physical flaking, whereas glycolic peels are more gentle and won't. You don't always have to "peel" to get the results your skin needs. However, if you do experience peeling following the procedure, don't fret. It's totally normal; exfoliation can happen gradually over the course of a few days, and shouldn't last than more than four to five days.

  3. Always use sunscreen...but especially after aesthetic procedures like peels.

Lauren Patch