Chemical peel: separating the myths from the facts

Chemical peels have a bad reputation. I’m sure I’m not the only one who hears those two words and pictures Samantha’s red, peeling face from that episode of 'Sex and the City'.

Chemical peels are the skin care treatment that is shrouded in the most mystery. So, I’ve decided to quiz my fellow Barnies and separate the myths from the facts:

Myth: You have to hide your face after a chemical peel

Fact: Contrary to the aforementioned Samantha scene, a professional chemical peel will not leave you with damaged, inflamed or flaking skin. There is no need to go into hiding!

Dermalogica’s Bioactive Surface Peel has an advanced formula that not only provide controlled penetration throughout the epidermis, but also soothes and hydrates, leaving your skin smoother, brighter and firmer with zero downtime.

Myth: Chemical peels hurt

Fact: You may experience a little tingling, tightness, or a change in temperature, but it will not hurt. Your skin therapist will continuously ask questions to make sure no sensation is too extreme.

You may experience slight increased sensitivity afterwards, so to avoid any irritation or discomfort don’t exfoliate for a few days and drink plenty of water!

Myth: You can’t wear makeup for days afterwards

Fact: Whilst it is best to wait as long as possible on the day of the treatment to apply makeup, we understand that some clients want to apply it right away the good news is, you can! We do suggest waiting 20 minutes and using mineral-based makeup as it’s kinder to the skin. This gives your skin time to calm down and reduces the possibility of irritation.

Myth: A chemical peel won’t have any impact on my skin

Fact: Chemical peels with modern formulas – like the Dermalogica’s Bioactive Surface Peel – include a combination of multiple exfoliating acids (like glycolic, lactic and fruit acids) that will tighten the skin, unclog pores, improve lines, and leave skin super smooth.

They can also help with: congestion, breakouts, luminosity, premature ageing and hyperpigmentation.

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Myth: Having a chemical peel is a one-time solution

Fact: Skin health is like going to the gym; it’s your commitment that will lead to visible results! Peels need to be done on a consistent basis for the best outcome. Take advantage of our monthly offer and save money on a course of three peels.

Myth: Chemical peels are only beneficial for those with problem skin

Fact: While there are chemical peels that specifically target acne, acne scarring or sun spots, the most popular use of chemical peels is for skin regeneration so they’re ideal for anyone who wants to improve the look of their skin.

Chemical peels can be beneficial for most skin types including sensitive skin.

Myth: Chemical peels are bad for you

Fact: The word chemical might not sound like something you should ever put on your skin, but when performed correctly, chemical peels are a safe way to improve your skin. Many chemical peels actually use naturally occurring acids found in fruits in the case of alpha hydroxy acid, and other foods like sugar cane in the case of glycolic peels.

Hopefully we’ve answered some of your questions Barnies, but, as always, if you have any more, give us a call or send us a message - we’re happy to help!

Leah x

Take advantage of our monthly offer:

Bioactive Surface Peel peel £60 (normally £75) + a free aftercare kit Course of 3 for £150 (normally £210)

Call us on 01934 751217 to book or book online.