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Sunscreen After Chemical Peels


The Importance of Sunscreen for Your Skin After Using Chemical Peels

Now that the summer season is fast approaching, many of us will be outside spending time in the sun. This is a good time of the year to remind those of you using chemical peels that it’s very important to use a sunscreen following a peeling procedure. Many chemical peels contain Alpha Hydroxy acids (AHAs) and other ingredients that can increase skin sensitivity to the sun, resulting in sunburn.

With so much attention being paid to the negative effects of the sun’s rays on skin, you should already be using some type of a sunscreen when you’re outdoors. Your skin will be especially sensitive to the UV rays of the sun after a chemical peel so it’s very important to use a good quality sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or more. Also be sure that the sunscreen you use is gentle enough for daily use.

Purchase Sunscreen Before You Do a Chemical Peel

While staying inside is best for your skin following a chemical peel, this is rarely a viable option. Therefore, it’s a good idea to purchase a quality sunscreen before you do a chemical peel so you have it on hand before you plan on heading outside. And remember, your skin is still vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun even if it’s overcast outside, so don’t let a few clouds fool you!

You should apply the sunscreen an hour before going outdoors and then reapply after swimming, exercising and every two hours or so if you’re spending the entire day outside. Apply the sunscreen evenly and thoroughly over all areas you applied the peel, which may include your face, neck, shoulders, and chest.

Choosing a Sunscreen

Look for a sunscreen that has one or both of the following ingredients: titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These ingredients do a good job of protecting the skin against both UVA and UVB sunrays. These ingredients are long-lasting physical filters that provide superior protection, making them ideal for protecting skin that is healing from a chemical peel.

Why Sunscreen is Important

Remember that you are doing a chemical peel to improve the health, feel and appearance of your skin so it only makes sense to take precautionary measures after your peel to protect your sensitive skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. If you neglect to apply a sunscreen after a peel and do spend time outside in the sun, you may end up with a serious sunburn that can leave unsightly white blotches on your skin or even scars, not to mention putting yourself at risk for developing skin cancer. With everything that has been said about chemical peels and sunburns, we hope you will have some safe fun in the sun this summer following any chemical peel regimens.

How Skin Peels Can Help With Acne


Skin Peels Can Actively Alleviate Acne Appearances

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects millions of people. While many people think that acne is nothing more than pimples, a person with acne can have many blemishes on their skin including blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, cysts and nodules. In addition to the having visible blemishes, a person with acne can also develop dark spots and even scars on the skin when the acne heals. Fortunately, chemical peels/skin peels can help with acne as these peels have been found effective at keeping pores clean.

Most acne occurs due to dirt, debris and skin oils accumulating in the pores wherein they become clogged. When a chemical peel is applied to the skin, it works to clear the pores which can prevent, reduce or lessen the scarring to the skin.

Keratolytic therapy/treatment is a term used to describe a chemical skin peel. Through the use of chemicals such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid, keratolytic therapy can assist in removing dead skin cells by softening the clumps and causing them to shed from the skin. The results can be softer, smoother skin the looks and feels good.

In order to get the most out of a chemical/skin peel, it’s important that it has a strong exfoliating effect. That is why Dermalure’s uses pharmaceutical-grade products. Our peels are available in varying types of concentration because each person’s skin type is unique.

Choosing a Chemical Peel/Skin Peel

It is important to speak with your dermatologist to see what type of skin peel would be the most appropriate for your skin. Then, with that advice in mind, it is advisable to start out with a lower strength acid. Generally speaking, the stronger acids remove more layers of the skin.  These stronger acids may be appropriate if you have tougher skin that needs to be removed in order to get to the softer skin underneath. But it is important to start with a milder acid that does not peel away skin any deeper than necessary. This is why you should always consult with your dermatologist before choosing a chemical peel. Your dermatologist can tell you what level of acid you should begin with.

You do not have to live with the physical and emotional affects of acne as Dermalure offers several types of chemical peels that are effective at treating acne. Our friendly skin care professionals are always available to help you choose the right product so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help choosing the best peel for you.

Chemical Peels & You

Chemical peels for your skin are an amazing solution to the ongoing problem, “how can I make my skin beautiful?” Through years of careful analysis and scientific research, chemists have found an answer in the various chemical peels widely used for skincare treatments. In this blog, we plan on summarizing the scores of articles and publications to give you a quick rundown of chemical peels and what you can expect when using them.

What Is A Chemical Peel?

Many people feel frustrated by their skin – it can become discolored, wrinkled, blemished, over pigmented, or a host of other problems. These issues can affect self-esteem and confidence, and an excellent way to counteract them is through chemical peels.

A chemical peel is a form of keratolytic therapy – the process of removing dead skin cells from the face to expose the new, youthful skin underneath – that uses acids of various types, strengths, and concentrations to exfoliate the skin. A chemical peel can be used to soften skin, flatten wrinkles, fade acne scars, alleviate hyperpigmentation, or treat a variety of other skin problems.

There are many peels available to the public – among the most popular are Glycolic Acid Peels and Lactic Acid Peels. Dermalure also offers stronger peels like the TCA peel, which can treat more severe conditions. Which peel is right for you depends on your skin, your conditions, and what you want to get out of a peel.

What Is the Process Like?

Although they vary in strength and intensity, the basic process for any chemical peel is the same. The acid is applied to the face, at which point it begins to exfoliate and break down the old surface skin. A chemical peel requires some amount of down time – usually ranging from a few days to a bit over a week – during which the skin make flake and peel away. This is a natural part of the process – the old skin must come off in order to expose the vibrant, fresh skin underneath. After the downtime, you’ll have beautiful, healthy skin that will make you feel radiant and confident. Once the process is complete, careful use of high-SPF sunscreen is important for sunburn safety.

Contact Us

If you have questions about chemical peels, keratolytic therapy, or any other product or service we offer, please reach out to us at our contact page. Keep checking this blog periodically – we’ll be keeping it up to date with helpful tips and information for keeping your skin healthy, happy, and beautiful.

Debunking Some of the Most Common Myths About Chemical Skin Peels

Chemical peels offer a great way for people to keep their skin looking fresh, vibrant, smooth and youthful. Skin imperfections are common and they can add years onto your real age. Constant sun exposure, scars from acne and the aging process all contribute to these flaws. But even though it’s widely known that chemical peels/skin peels offer numerous benefits, many people have misconceptions about chemical peels. That’s why the team at Dermalure has decided to debunk some of the most popular myths about chemical peels so you will know what to really expect when you do a chemical peel. Ready? Here goes!

 Myth #1: A Chemical Peel is a One-Time Solution to Skin Problems

While chemical peels can go far in repairing visible damage on the surface of the skin, they cannot repair the irreversible damage of the sun and other factor associated with aging. A chemical skin peel treatment will provide you with visible results that improve how your skin looks and feels but the treatment will need to be done on a consistent basis in order to receive the best outcome. You can look at it in the same way you view an exercise routine – the more consistent you are in exercising, the better your outcome will be and the same holds true with chemical peels. Of course, how often you do a chemical peel will depend upon the amount of damage your skin has sustained. Check with your dermatologist if you have  any questions about how often you should undergo a skin peel or keratolytic therapy/treatment as it’s also called.

 Myth #2: Chemical Peels are Unhealthy

Just the word “chemical” in a chemical peel stops many people from going ahead with this type of treatment because they believe the chemicals used are harmful to their health. Many of the most common products people use have chemicals in them including sunscreens, pain relievers, toothpastes and shaving creams. Don’t let the word “chemical” stop you from reaping the many benefits of a skin peel because chemical peels are safe when done according to directions.

Myth #3: Only People with Severe Skin Problems Like Acne Need to Do Chemical Peels

This could not be further from the truth as most skin types can benefit from a peel. For example, a person who has sun damaged skin or aging skin can benefit from doing a chemical peel. This is because peeling treatment helps with cell regeneration to that new skin growth takes place to result in smooth, clear and fresh skin that glows all while taking years off one’s appearance.

Myth #4: Getting a Chemical Peel Always Means a Significant Amount of Downtime

Post-peel recovery time is dependent upon the type and strength of peel you’ve had but many chemical peels have little to no downtime. People who undergo superficial chemical peeling can expect some mild redness and peeling, both of which can be easily concealed. Medium strength and higher, more aggressive chemical peels can cause more redness as well as crusting and peeling wherein they have more downtime.