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The Pros and Cons of Chemical Peels During Summertime

Actively engaging in skin health is optimal for preventing aging, and promoting self-care.  Emerge Medical & Well Spa in Tulsa understands this and works diligently to create an informed customer base on all things wellness-oriented. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss chemical peels and whether clients should get one during the summer. 

What Is A Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a procedure that patients undergo to remove the top layer of their skin. It is a cosmetic solution to dead skin, acne, rosacea, and bacteria-ridden skin. Chemical peels are also highly effective for treating shallow wrinkles, sun damage, and freckles. 

Chemical peels involve cosmetically used acid to remove the skin from the face. It is a generally safe procedure, provided a patient doesn’t have infected skin, and isn’t allergic to the enzymes being used in the chemicals.  

Should I get One in Summer Time?

When the top layer of skin is removed, the beautifully supple skin underneath is incredibly sensitive and susceptible to the UV rays from the sun. High exposure to sun can increase the chance of severity for sunburn, and potential growth for UV-affected skin cells. This being said, if appropriately cared for, a peel during the summer is an excellent way to control brown spots and damaged skin.

The Severity of the Peel

There are three types of skin peels:

  • Mild
    • The chemical Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is often used in light peels to slough off the old dead skin. 
  • Medium
    • The chemical Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is often used as a treatment for wrinkled or damaged skin.
  • Deep
    • The chemical Phenol is used in what is called a full face peel. It induces a second-degree burn to the skin as a treatment for deeper wrinkles and severely damaged, or bacteria-ridden skin. 

Summertime chemical peels should be no more intense than a Medium peel level. If an individual receives a peel in the summer and will experience sun exposure after, they should apply sunscreen bi-hourly and cover their face with a hat. Though, it is highly recommended an individual avoid sun exposure while the skin heals. 

Aftercare For A Chemical Peel

Fresh skin must be treated gingerly to avoid damaging it. The use of cool water to wash, avoiding exfoliation, and proper hydration and moisturization are highly important in aftercare. Avoiding saunas, strenuous exercise, and applying sunscreen when outside is also recommended to protect your skin as much as possible. 

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Chemical peels in the summertime can be fun if they are done wisely. If you have any questions on scheduling a chemical peel with Emerge Medical & Well Spa we would love to speak with you! Your skin health and personal wellness are our top priority. Contact us online, or visit one of our store locations!