How Chemical Peels can help fight against the dry winter

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Posted on March 3, 2020 under Medical Spa

Did you know that winter is the best time of year to get a chemical peel? Chemical peels can help restore your skin’s glow. During the winter season, cold hair draws moisture from your skin. This lack of moisture and the cold temperatures create the perfect storm for tightness, flakiness, and irritation. Chemical peels treat these systems and bring your skin back to life. Read on to learn more about how Cosmetic Surgery Associates of Bethesda, Maryland can help you beat winter skin.

What Happens During a Chemical Peel?

Before a chemical peel, your skin is thoroughly cleansed and treated with ingredients that remove excess oil so your skin can better receive ingredients such as:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s)
  • Phenol Solutions
  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

These ingredients can be customized to penetrate the deepest layer of your skin for the most effective results. Different variations of the ingredients and the number of layers applied will be adjusted to target your most predominant skin concerns.

During the peel, it is normal to feel sensations within your skin such as itching, heat, a prickly sensation, stinging, or even a slight burning. Between layers, your doctor will fan your skin to help alleviate any discomfort. It is best to wear comfortable clothing.

What Happens After a Chemical Peel?

After a chemical peel, you can expect your skin to look red and have moderate inflammation. The chemical peel creates controlled trauma which triggers your skin to start to heal itself and results in brighter skin. In the meantime, your skin will start to feel itchy and you will start to see a scaly film which will lead to flakiness and peeling. Peeling can last from one to three weeks.

Aftercare is essential for achieving the results you are seeking. Avoid peeling your skin. Instead, allow the skin to peel naturally and trim the hanging skin with small scissors as needed. Additional moisture and protective balms will be prescribed and sunscreen must be worn.

What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

  • Remove Dull Skin
  • Even Skin Tone
  • Stimulate Collagen
  • Prepare Skin for Product Absorption

Overall, your skin will be restored and vibrant at the end of your peel cycle.

Chemical Peels are best utilized during the winter months because the direct sun, heat, and friction must be avoided. Be sure to follow your doctor’s aftercare advice and your skin will be glowing.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us anytime to schedule a consultation. Our team at Cosmetic Surgery Associates will help you decide if a chemical peel is the best choice for you and we will customize a treatment for your unique skin.

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers