The Check List

The Peels Series

Your Chemical Peel Checklist.

 1. What is the qualification of the person administering your Chemical Peel?

  • They should be, at the very least a Beauty Therapist, but in some cases and depending on the type of peel; it should be a Cosmetic Physician or Dermatologist
  • Phenol and TCA peels should always be administered by a doctor.  

2. Make sure your skin is fully diagnosed before any peel.

  • Deciding on the best peel for your skin will largely be determined by the history of your skin as well as the overall health of your skin today.

3. What kind of chemical peel has been recommended for you and what are the contra-indications and possible complications?

  • You may not understand the kind of peel, but you should at least know whether it is a medium or deep peel and what you should be prepared for. Don’t be left wondering.

4. Follow all pre-peel advice, such as products to use at home to prepare your skin before your first chemical peel.

  • Your first peel should be at least 1 – 2 weeks after your initial diagnostic consultation. This allows you time to prepare your skin with the recommended home care products.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that will reassure you.

  • Do not be afraid to ask any questions. If there is something you are not sure of or need more information, just ask.  It’s your skin!

6. Find out how many chemical peels you will need to see results.

  • Knowing what to expect and how long before you see results is important.  Rarely is one single treatment enough. For great results, you should be booked in for at least 4 – 6 treatments. 

7. What strength will your first peel be?

  • First timers should always start with a low strength peel to test the waters. Building in intensity as your skin becomes more tolerant.

8. Even if unlikely, complications can happen, and you should know what to expect and what you should do if they arise?

  • Once explained, you should be asked to sign a consent form that outlines any complications and your understanding of them and who to contact if you have any worries or concerns. 

9. Comply with any ‘at home’ advice you are given.

  • Failure by you to follow home care advice will minimise your results. If, however, no home care is recommended, then they are not serious about you, and you should go elsewhere.

10. Always wear sunscreen, especially for the first two weeks after any chemical peel.

  • Don’t skip this and if you have not been advised to stay out of the sun, then I’ll say it again, but louder. GO ELSEWHERE!

11. Never buy chemical peels over the internet and do it yourself at home. This is one occasion where DIY is not advisable.

  • Never! Let common sense prevail. Leave it to the experts.

You’re ready! Good luck and enjoy the revealing of a healthier skin!

 

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