Over time, the quality of your skin changes in response to aging, environmental exposure, and skincare habits. Fortunately, it’s easy to correct superficial skin concerns when you use a treatment such as a VI chemical peel. Peels are the oldest treatment in the world and modern peels have been formulated to target specific skin concerns. Before you schedule your first treatment at CAS MediSpa in Bloomington, IN learn more about this skin rejuvenation facial.
How Long Do Results in Last After a Chemical Peel?
The results after a peel can usually last from one to six months, depending on the strength of the peel. For example, because light peels only exfoliate the upper layer of the skin, the results of these peels will last for four to six weeks. Medium peels, on the other hand, exfoliate deeper layers of the skin to produce results that can last for at least six months or sometimes longer.
Can Results Be Permanent?
For some people, chemical peels can produce exceptionally long-lasting results. Ultimately, the permanency of your peel results will depend on the severity of your skin condition and how well you take care of your skin after your treatment. For example, treating some forms of hyperpigmentation and dark spots can produce long-lasting or permanent results if you follow good skincare habits after your treatment.
However, for the vast majority of skin concerns, including enlarged pores and textural scarring, the results of a peel will usually be temporary. Specifically, the results of treatment for textural concerns will usually only last for as long as your skin can maintain high collagen production and cellular turnover.
How Can You Prolong Results?
The goal of a chemical peel is to resurface and rejuvenate your skin so you can reclaim some of your youthful skin glory. However, the best way to prolong your results is to adopt good skin care practices, including using sunscreen, incorporating high-quality skincare, and having a good skincare routine.
The majority of your skin concerns are caused by unprotected exposure to the sun. Specifically, UVB and UVA rays in the sunlight can accelerate cellular aging and create free radicals in the skin that contribute to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and dark spots. To enjoy longer-lasting results from your skin resurfacing treatment, it’s imperative to protect your skin from the sun.
However, the type and strength of your sunscreen will have a direct impact on your results. For example, most people can benefit from using SPF 30, but those who have exceptionally sensitive skin or who burn very easily in the sun may benefit from a higher-strength sunscreen. Additionally, the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreen may make a difference for your skin, since those who have sensitive skin may have poor reactions to chemical sunscreen.
It’s also a good idea to use high-quality skincare products. High-quality skincare products include using products that have a higher concentration of active ingredients that target your specific concerns. For example, using an AHA or a BHA with a concentration of at least 2% will have more effect than using lighter concentrations.
The same is true for retinol and hyaluronic acid products. By using high-quality skincare, you can reinforce the results achieved with your chemical peel treatment. The skin care products you select should be ideal for your skin type and skin goals. If you aren’t sure which active ingredients are ideal for you, please let us know so we can explore options.
Good Skincare Habits
Good skincare habits refer to a variety of behaviors that can impact the quality of your skin. For example, it’s a good skincare habit to wash your face twice a day, apply moisturizer, and use sunscreen. It’s also a good skin care habit to avoid picking at your skin if you have acne since this will reduce the development of post-acne marks and textural scars.
Finally, adopting healthier lifestyle practices can also have a big impact on your skin appearance. For example, when you drink enough water and have a nutritious diet, your skin benefits because it has enough hydration and vitamins to improve skin appearance. Exercising regularly can also help clear the toxins from your skin.
Can You See Results After One Treatment?
Many people can see results after one VI peel treatment. Even for lighter-strength peels, a single peel treatment can visibly improve the tone and texture of your skin. This is one reason why it’s encouraged to use a series of peel treatments to achieve your desired results since your results will gradually improve with each additional treatment.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments you’ll need to achieve your desired results will depend on your skin type and how well your skin responds to the VI peel. The severity of your skin concerns will also influence how many treatments you need.
For the most part, many people can use a series of three to six treatments to achieve their ideal results. After your skin has improved, you may want to maintain your results with occasional chemical peels, usually once every six months.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
A peel treatment is similar to any other facial. To start, we will cleanse your skin to remove dirt and oil, and to neutralize the pH of your skin. Peels work best when your skin pH is as close to neutral as possible.
After cleansing your skin, the VI peel will be applied and allowed to sit on your skin for up to 20 to 30 minutes. Then, the peel will be removed with a neutralizing cleanser and your treatment may be followed up with sunscreen or hydrating serum.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Because a chemical peel is an exfoliating treatment, you should not use any exfoliating skincare products at home for at least one to two weeks. This means you should not use any retinol, even prescription-strength ones from your dermatologist.
You should also not use any AHA or BHA toners, or products that contain acids such as lactic acid or glycolic acid. Some enzymes and vitamins, such as Vitamin C serums, you may be able to use before your treatment.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, you must protect your skin from direct exposure to the sun for at least one to two weeks by wearing sunscreen every day. Because your skin will be sensitive to sunlight after your treatment, sunscreen will help you prevent hyperpigmentation. You should also not wear makeup for at least 12 to 24 hours and continue to avoid the use of chemical exfoliants for several days.
What Can Peels Treat?
Peels can be used to treat a variety of superficial skin concerns. For example, this treatment is commonly used to address visible signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, dull skin tone, dry skin, melasma, and sun damage. However, young people can also use this treatment to address superficial skin concerns.
For example, peels can also be used to reduce the appearance of post-inflammatory erythema, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, post-acne marks, scarring, blemishes, uneven skin tone, and oily skin. Many young people also use peels to control acne breakouts.
Why Are VI Peels Better?
VI peels tend to be better than other types of chemical peels simply because the concentration of chemicals in a VI peel is higher. Typically, VI peels are considered medium-strength, which means they can produce more significant results. VI peels can also more easily correct superficial skin concerns than other types of pupils.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
You are likely an ideal candidate for this treatment if you have any superficial skin concerns that you cannot resolve with at-home skincare products. This treatment is also ideal for you if you do not want to use laser treatments or other types of resurfacing treatments to address your skin concerns.
Women who are pregnant cannot use this treatment. You also cannot use this treatment if you have a history of skin scarring, especially hyperpigmentation.
Improve Your Overall Skin Quality With VI Peel Treatments
The key to improving the quality of your skin relies on using the right aesthetic treatment. A peel can resurface and rejuvenate your skin in a few treatment sessions, and produce results that can last for up to six months. If you think this treatment is right for you, get in touch with CAS MediSpa in Bloomington, IN to schedule your first treatment today.