Facial micropeel: everything you need to know
Want rejuvenated, more radiant and smoother skin? Then it is time to try a chemical peel, also known as a facial micropeel. In this article, we explain everything you need to do before and after a micropeel.
Facial micropeel: before treatment
Properly preparing your skin before a peel is the key to the most successful procedure possible. Two to three weeks prior to treatment, begin using retinoic acid creams.
These creams will help smooth out the stratum corneum and boost treatment efficacy by ensuring a more even penetration. You must stop applying these creams three days before the peel.
Facial micropeel: during treatment
Immediately after the peel, you will experience mild redness, followed by a dry skin feeling. The amount of flaking after a chemical peel will depend on how deep the treatment is absorbed and typically lasts about three to four days.
You may be wondering if you can speed up post-peel flaking. Rest assured that this is a natural cycle that your skin must go through to begin the regeneration process. Be patient and follow the recommendations provided.
After a good facial peel, you will notice that your skin is firmer and more elastic and radiant. Your skin will also have a nicer texture. Dark spots will become less visible and pores reduced. Your skin will appear more youthful overall while taking on a healthier, smoother and cleaner appearance.
Facial micropeel: after treatment
A peel will give you more beautiful-looking skin, but to keep it this way, you need to take care of it. Keep reading to learn how.
After a chemical peel, sun protection is essential, as your skin is regenerating gradually and is thus more sensitive. Sun exposure should really be avoided for several days; otherwise, you run the risk of developing dark spots on your face. Use sun creams or cosmetics that offer sun protection. Wear a hat and sunglasses when you go outside. Remember that your skin has a memory and that the sun you soak in today could cause skin damage years later.
After a peel, you can begin washing your face the following day. You need to use a gentle cleanser that has been dermatologically tested, applied in a circular motion with your fingertips. For ultra-gentle cleansing, use Collosol Chantilly cleansing foam.
Wash your face in the morning and evening with the Collosol foam. Dry your face with a soft clean towel, but be careful not to rub. Gently dab your face to dry it without damaging your skin. As a follow-up to your cleansing, apply Collosol Eau de Lait.
Hydration is a fundamental step in your post-peel skin care routine. Twice daily, you need to apply hydrating creams that soothe the skin and reduce flaking which begins after a peel. Regenerative post-peel creams will hydrate your skin and help relieve itching. These creams must be alcohol- and fragrance-free.
Ideally, 10 days after the chemical peel, you should be using the same retinoid creams you used to prepare your skin for the treatment. This will help improve the results of your peel, in addition to providing all the noticeable benefits of retinoids on your skin.
Retinoid creams increase collagen production, activate cell renewal and reduce any existing hyperpigmentation. They will help you continue to enhance your skin’s firmness, texture and elasticity while reducing the appearance of dark spots.
After a peel, you need to keep skin hydrated on the inside as well as the outside. In addition to applying the above-mentioned creams, drink about 1.5 liters of water per day. Water promotes cell regeneration and improves skin’s appearance.
Another helpful tip is to boost your intake of vitamin C and antioxidants. And, of course, stay away from tobacco and alcohol!