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March 30, 2022
This article is a continuation on the subject of Chemical Peels. If you're doing any of these no-no's you may sabotage the process of a chemical peel and possibly cause adverse results.
After you've had a chemical peel do not exfoliate to remove the sloughing off of dead skin cells which shows up as flaky skin in the days following the peel. Doing so will PREVENT the skin from doing what this process is designed to do. This can cause scarring and prolonged redness because it removes the skin before it's intended to come off.
And that leads me to the next NO-NO. Do not pick at the skin. Again, this can lead to extra redness and scarring - and uneven skin tone. If you must do something, you can moisturizer BUT use a gentle moisturizer like CBE Botanicals Fresh Face Whip and do so sparingly. If you OVER moisturized this process cannot work naturally. Remember, the goal of a chemical peel is to let dry surface layers - - well - - peel. If you have picked at the peeling, you can use NeoGenesis Recovery to help it heal properly.
Daily washing is important but use a mild cleanser so you don't cause further dryness. CBE Just Say Ahh Revitalizing Cleanser is ideal because it has a PH of 5, which is perfect for avoiding dry skin after cleansing. It only takes a tiny bit (dime size drop) so it lasts a long time.
Don't forget to keep your body hydrated. Drink lots of water to aid in the bodies ability to manufacture more collagen and elastin. Dehydration can interfere with the healing process and therefore prevent the desired results.
Remember, excess alcohol is a depressant. I'm not just talking about your mood. I'm speaking of the immune system. An depressed immune system can result in subpar results.
Need some relief? It is safe to use a dry, cold compress such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a dry towel. When the towel starts to dampen, change it out. Cold slows blood flow, reducing irritation. This will provide some comfort and help the healing process.
And, at last, don't skip the sunscreen. Over exposure can result in patches of redness and irregular skin tone. Ideally, stay out of the sun for 1 - 2 weeks following a chemical peel. If you cannot, wear protective clothing (hat) and apply sunscreen.
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