Welcome to the Coastal Laser and Aesthetics blog! Here, you’ll find articles about laser treatments, skin rejuvenation, body contouring technologies, wellness tips and more! Our clinic is committed to providing high quality results using non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed with the latest skincare technology. Refreshed, healthy skin is an important aspect of optimal health and self-esteem. That’s why we’re happy to help our patients achieve their aesthetic goals! Most of our procedures are quick, with minimal downtime and side-effects. Our site features a full list of services, active promotions, discounts, and reviews. We encourage you to take a look around and familiarize yourself with our highly-trained staff. 

Our last article served to debunk common Botox myths. We want everyone to understand the composition, efficacy, and benefits of Botox and other injectables, which is why we took the time to clear up a few misconceptions about botulinum toxin type A. Word-of-mouth anecdotes aren’t always reliable resources for questions or concerns you may have related to treatment, but you can rest assured the information in our last article is based on medical research and experience. Is Botox safe? How often should you book sessions? Can you stop anytime you want? The answers to these questions and more are covered in Debunking Botox Myths.’ We recommend you give that article a read if you’ve been considering neuromodulators such as Botox for a while but still haven’t taken the plunge! 

Today, we shift our focus to a particularly effective form of skin care: chemical peels. While the name may sound intimidating, chemical peels can actually be a gentle way to rid the skin of dead cells, revealing the luminous cells underneath. This process is referred to as cell turnover. Ordinarily, our skin takes twenty-eight days to renew itself. As we age, this renewing cycle stretches out longer and longer. Chemical peels can help aid our skin in the process by loosening the bonds between our healthy skin cells and our dead skin cells (which are waiting to be shed). Chemical peels are used for a variety of skin concerns, including: retexturizing, age spots, sun damage, acne and acne scarring, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. If you struggle with large pores, uneven tone, redness, or scaling, chemical peels might be the best treatment available to help resolve these issues. 

The truth is: Many of the skincare products we use at home contain chemicals which attempt to strip the skin of dead cells. These might include salicylic, lactic, malic, mandelic, or other acids. In addition to removing the uppermost layer of skin, these actives, as they’re called, can help reduce the occurrence of acne. Noninflammatory acne, which is caused by clogged pores, and inflammatory acne, which is caused by bacteria, respond well to chemical treatment. Within a single session, you’ll notice visibly brighter, glowing skin. Within a few sessions, you’ll begin to see progress towards your aesthetic goals. 

Like any treatment, you must adequately prepare and follow your provider’s recommendations to a tee. You should always receive chemical peels from a licensed medical professional or esthetician. Chemical peels are a unique art, as the strength and duration of the peel must be tailored to each individual’s skin. Those with sensitive skin can still reap the benefits of a chemical peel, but they must make their provider aware of this beforehand. Chemical peels, when done incorrectly, can result in irritation, redness, and excessive peeling. As well, improper recovery can negate many of the benefits associated with the treatment. That’s why today’s article is dedicated to the dos and don’ts of chemical peels, both before treatment and after. If you’re considering undergoing a chemical peel, you may want to take notes! 

Do: Inform your provider of medications you are currently taking or have taken in the six months leading up to treatment. 

Certain forms of oral isotretinoin (Myosorisan, Claravis, Zenatane, Absorica, etc.) should not be combined with chemical peels. These medications are used to treat severe acne and can result in extremely dry, sensitive skin. Most often, dermatologists will warn isotretinoin-patients to avoid skin treatments which could cause further irritation. If you have been prescribed any kind of isotretinoin or other medication for your skin, consult your doctor before undergoing a chemical peel, regardless of the strength of the peel. Now, if you use a topical retinoid cream (Renoca, Retin-A, etc.), you may still be able to undergo a chemical peel. Retinoid cream is sometimes recommended in the weeks leading up to a chemical peel to assist the skin in its healing process. Once again, consult your doctor and chemical peel provider. 

Don’t: Try to perform a chemical peel yourself. 

While you may be able to find high-strength ingredients online, we do not recommend attempting to give yourself a chemical peel at home. At higher strengths, chemicals can be volatile and react in adverse ways. Treatment offices are controlled spaces. Chemical peels are timed, down to the second, and applied with sterile utensils. Since you cannot anticipate many of the elements at-play in your home environment, nor how your skin will react, it’s best to leave chemical peels to the professionals. Chemical burns can take time and money to heal, therefore it’s better to avoid the possibility altogether. 

Do: Use sun protection before and after treatment.

Sun protection is important in a general sense, due to the prevalence of skin cancers and premature aging due to sun damage. However, in a targeted sense, sun protection is never more important than when you’ve had a chemical peel. After sloughing off its uppermost layer, the skin is in its most vulnerable state. After a chemical peel, you’re at a higher risk of being sunburned. If you received treatment for hyperpigmentation, too much sun exposure could even make these spots worse. That’s why it’s important to apply sunscreen and wear hats when outside. And it’s not just after a chemical peel you need to wear sun protection—wearing sun protection before your chemical peel is just as important! Skin damaged by the sun in the weeks leading up to a chemical peel appointment can react negatively to the treatment. If you’ve been sunburned in the area where you’ll be receiving treatment recently, be sure to let your provider know. 

Don’t: Pick or scrub at your peeling skin. 

Though peeling skin may offer a seemingly irresistible temptation, refrain from picking or scrubbing your shedding skin. These cells have already undergone chemical treatment and are in the process of falling off naturally. Picking the skin prematurely can lead to minute damage and microtears, while intense scrubbing of the treated areas can lead to abrasions and redness. Your skin is your protective barrier and, thus, you want to keep it as intact as possible. Instead, gently exfoliate with circular motions while washing your face at night and in the morning. Make sure your skin is adequately moisturized and be patient. The skin will shed in its own time and you’ll be glad you didn’t hasten it along. 

Do: Use a soap-free cleanser.

Gentle skincare products, formulated for sensitive skin, will be your best friends after a chemical peel. While the skin heals and produces new collagen, it’s in a state of flux. Soaps with harsh surfactants and additional exfoliators are a definite no-no. Stay away from retinols, too. After a chemical peel is a good time to try oil-based cleansers. Make sure to wash with cool, not hot, water. Stay away from retinols, too. And, stick to lightweight, highly-moisturizing moisturizers. Soft skin may take its time peeling, but moisturized skin is happy skin

Don’t: Sweat.

Excessive sweating post-chemical peel isn’t advised, since sweating can irritate the skin. While your skin is healing, try to stay cool. That means no saunas, sunbathing, or jogs around the block. You finally have a valid excuse to skip the gym! 

Closing


While there are a few things you cannot do after a chemical peel, the dos far outweigh the don’ts. Do feel good in your skin. Do admire your new glow. Do tell your friends you didn’t try a new product, you simply went for a fifteen-minute chemical peel as Coastal Laser and Aesthetics.  We offer two different strengths, both targeted for distinct skin concerns. Out Epionce Lite Peel is a refreshing combination of 5% salicytic acid and 30% malic acid. With a pH of 2.9, this peel illuminates and smooths the skin. It’s excellent at helping those who suffer from rosacea, periorbital dermatitis, congested skin, and acne. Our stronger peel combines 28% salicylic acid and 50% malic acid to offer deep cleansing and retexturing capabilities. With a pH of 0.7, this option is perfect for those who want to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and more! Reach out for a free consultation today! Until next time, thanks for reading!