A chemical peel is a non-invasive facial treatment that improves the overall tone and texture of your skin. Chemical peels come in light, medium, and deep varieties, depending on the severity of your concerns. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, gently removing the skin’s outermost layer to reveal the youthful skin underneath. During this process, collagen production is also increased, and signs of aging are decreased.
Many are curious about the recovery process when it comes to a chemical peel cosmetic procedure, so continue to read our in-depth guide for more information.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
There are two types of chemical peel solutions offered by the SpaMedica clinic to apply to your skin – glycolic and salicylic. A glycolic peel involves a highly concentrated acid solution that acts as a powerful exfoliant to improve your skin’s overall appearance by removing the outermost layer. A salicylic acid peel uses beta-hydroxy acid to do the same thing as the glycolic peel – remove the outermost layer of skin and eliminate imperfections to reveal more youthful skin.
After your chemical peel, you will be in recovery for 1-2 weeks, with days 3 and 4 being the worst in terms of peeling. You will experience minimal discomfort and should take precaution by applying plenty of SPF any time you go outside. After the peeling process is complete, skin concerns will be diminished, such as acne, fine lines, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture. Learn more about what to expect after your chemical peel here.
Our Experience with Chemical Peel
Dr. Malika Ladha and the SpaMedica team have decades of experience with cosmetic facial treatments that help you rejuvenate your skin and look your best. Our medical professionals work closely with you to determine your specific concerns, understand your health history, and determine which level and type of peel is best for you. Our highly talented and experienced staff will perform your chemical peel in our comfortable, state-of-the-art facility and provide you with detailed aftercare instructions for full, quick healing. We are here to answer any questions you may have about our chemical peel treatments.
Chemical Peel Recovery Timeline
Since a chemical peel is non-surgical, little downtime is required during your skin’s recovery period. While it is possible for you to continue partaking in your regular activities right after your chemical peel, you may experience some redness, swelling, and discomfort after your treatment. We suggest taking a few days off to let your skin peel fully and reveal youthful results. Typically, you will take 1-2 weeks to heal fully from a chemical peel.
The Day After Getting a Chemical Peel Treatment
After your chemical peel, you will experience some redness and light aching or tingling. This will subside after a few days, but you must stay out of direct sunlight for a week. Expect to get patches on your skin and prepare for peeling. If you have received a deep peel, a protective dressing may be applied. In all scenarios, following Dr. Malika Ladha’s aftercare instructions is pertinent.
On the day of your treatment, avoid doing anything to your skin for at least 6 hours. Apply a cold compress if you feel any discomfort.
On the second day of healing, your skin will still appear red and may feel dry and tight. Apply moisturizer whenever your skin feels too tight, and wash your face with lukewarm water as instructed. Remember to always apply SPF.
Skin flaking will begin on this day, usually starting around the mouth. It will spread outwards, going as far as your jawline and hairline. Do NOT pick at the flakes or pull at them, they will fall off on their own. Picking at them can cause discolouration and scarring. Continue to gently wash and moisturize your face without rubbing the skin and wear SPF.
Flaking will continue, and this may be the most intense day, so expect larger flakes to fall off. Continue to not pick at flakes, keep your skin clean and moisturized, and apply SPF. This peeling will continue for 2-5 days from when you begin flaking.
Your chemical peel recovery is considered fully complete at the end of the second week. Continue with your aftercare routine until the peeling stops. Once all flaking is done, go back to your normal routine and continue to wear SPF. You may now apply makeup to your face.
Week 3 and onwards
Once all of your dead skin has shed, you will enjoy a smoother, even-toned, glowing complexion with improved texture. You can seek out another peel if you desire to see even more noticeable results. At this point, you can continue all activities, including swimming, strenuous exercise, and resuming your normal skincare routine.
Chemical Peel Aftercare Tips
Some general aftercare tips you should follow during your chemical peel recovery include:
- Follow all of Dr. Malika Ladha’s aftercare instructions.
- Wash the treated area with lukewarm water gently.
- Moisturize whenever your skin feels tight.
- Apply SPF every day.
- Allow your skin to peel on its own – do not pick at it.
- Avoid strenuous activities and sweating for the first couple of weeks.
- Do not apply any skin products besides sunscreen and moisturizer, especially if it is an exfoliant or makeup with harsh chemicals.
When You Should See a Professional
If you experience any pain, bleeding, persistent swelling, or scarring, contact the SpaMedica team so they can ensure you are healing properly. There are some risks associated with chemical peels – especially deep chemical peels – so our team is on standby to answer any questions you may have and provide you with any help you may need.
You should seek out a chemical peel if you have shallow scarring, wrinkling, skin dullness, or discolouration and are in good health. Fairer skin types generally respond better to chemical peels.
Chemical Peel Recovery FAQs
Which days are the worst after a Chemical Peel?
The worst days for flaking are days three and four – the process will be completed quickly so long as you avoid picking at your face, wash your skin gently with lukewarm water, and moisturize frequently.
How long does it take to look normal after a Chemical Peel?
Swelling, redness, and flaking will subside after one week, and your skin will look and feel normal after the two-week mark. Your new skin will appear slightly red, but it is okay to apply makeup to reduce the appearance of redness.
How can I speed up the recovery process after a Chemical Peel?
Follow all of Dr. Malika Ladha’s aftercare instructions and remember to continuously apply SPF. Try to avoid direct sun exposure for at least 6 weeks following your chemical peel, and stick to cleansers and makeup that do not contain harsh chemicals. Cleanse your skin with cool water whenever your face feels uncomfortable and tender – but never pick at your skin until you have healed. Moisturize whenever your skin feels tight with a cream free of harsh chemicals. After following these tips, you will be recovered before you know it.