How to restore the skin after peeling?

The peeling procedure starts (or enhances ─ as you like) the process of cell renewal. This means that dead cells are actively exfoliated, “leaving” the skin. The stratum corneum has a very important role – it performs a protective function, therefore, in response to a decrease in the stratum corneum, the skin responds with the active production of “new” cells that rise to the surface, thus renewal is carried out, and we see a qualitatively new skin. In addition, active processes occur not only in the epidermis but also in the dermis (the number of collagen and elastin fibers increases). The skin is a smart organ, and many processes occur reflexively, in response to external influences.

The skin is regenerated and definitely needs special care which you may find at The first and obligatory condition is the use of products with a sun protection factor, regardless of what time of the year the procedure is performed (and in winter, SPF products are mandatory!). Neglect of this rule is guaranteed to lead to pigmentation.

How to reduce a typical skin reaction?

Redness and peeling of the skin, itching, burning sensation, swelling – depending on the type of peeling (superficial, medial, deep), the severity of such reactions varies, as well as the timing of the rehabilitation period. Now women, as a rule, do not have time for a long recovery period: a modern lady can no longer afford to hide at home for a week with a swollen red face, work and social life require presence. That is why dermatologists tend to new types of peeling, the impact of which does not entail external negative reactions, but at the same time, the skin is updated so that the result is noticeable.

One such treatment is the SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Peel, which professionals use in several combinations. For example, to reduce pigmentation, a complete set is used: a brightening powder is applied based on: 

  • glycolic acid, 
  • vitamin C (27%), 
  • Emblica (4%). 

Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of melanin and stimulates the production of collagen, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, improves immunity and skin turgor, and regenerates it. Emblic component is a powerful antioxidant that has a rejuvenating effect on the skin (helps reduce wrinkles, regulates melanin synthesis, reduces age-related pigmentation, and prevents photoaging of the skin). This is followed by an exfoliating solution containing glycolic (40%) and citric (10%) acids. 

This combination is responsible for the gentle exfoliation of cells (helps reduce hyperpigmentation and rejuvenation) and stimulates their renewal (increases skin elasticity, reduces the depth of wrinkles). For sensitive skin, a buffering cleansing solution is added to soften the effect of peeling, and a neutralizer to reduce the severity of redness. The latter options do not lead to peeling and do not cause any external reactions, for which they are very loved by Americans and Europeans (they affectionately call this peeling the “lunch break” procedure). 

Women often want to enhance the effect and see peeling – then after the procedure, retinol must be applied for some time (the course must be selected by a cosmetologist).

Are complications possible?

Yes, and the most common complication that usually accompanies peeling is pigmentation. With medium and deep peels, a secondary infection is possible (which actually depends not so much on the conditions of the procedure, but on the wrong choice of funds during the rehabilitation period). Finally, do not forget about the allergic reaction to the peeling components ─ it is individual and almost unpredictable.

The main do’s and don’ts

In fact, everything is quite simple. It is possible and necessary: to properly prepare the skin for peeling, using external agents that start the renewal process in order to even out the stratum corneum (then the exfoliation process will occur evenly). You can’t use mechanical scrubs before peeling and after ─ neglect SPF protection.

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