by Liz W
Skin care for after microdermabrasion and chemical peel treatments, can be a challenge, as your skin may be red and sensitive from the removal of the top skin layers. Some people go into these procedures expecting instant results and think they will be able to walk out of the office with beautiful clear skin. This, of course, isn’t even close to reality; as, if you have had any of these treatments, you know your skin will be sore and inflamed afterwards.
There are many different types of chemical peels ranging from superficial (just the very top layer of skin) to deep, which is very invasive and comes with the most side effects. Even though microdermabrasion treatments and light chemical peels aren’t nearly as irritating to skin as deep phenol peels, they still leave your skin requiring some tender loving care for the days following.
Following your visit, you should keep your skin clean, moist, and protected from the sun, as it is highly vulnerable to sun damage in its delicate state. If you had a microdermabrasion skin treatment, it is important to immediately and gently wash off any micro-crystal residue or dead skin cells that may be left behind. Absolutely stay away from all AHAs and BHAs, as they will exfoliate your already exfoliated skin, and cause a lot of discomfort.
If your regular moisturizer is not moisturizing enough, or contains a glycolic or salicylic acid, switch to a highly nourishing and repairing one, like Atopalm MLE Intensive Moisturizing Cream. Creams like this contain a high concentration of essential lipids and other ingredients that actually help the skin rebuild its natural defensive barrier that is often lost with the use of deeply exfoliating products. This one in particular is targeted towards extremely dry complexions and those who suffer from Rosacea or Eczema, so it is perfect for after-treatment care.
As long as you take good care of your skin after invasive treatments, and only have them done on occasion, your skin should remain clear, smooth, and youthful.