Prep Your Skin Pre-Peel

There’s no better way to perk up dull skin than with a chemical peel. A beauty staple since the days of Cleopatra (who was said to bathe in spoiled milk, the basis of lactic acid), the formulations and peeling agents used today may have been adapted to meet modern-day beauty standards but the basic principle of exfoliation for an immaculate complexion remains a steady constant.

Just as important as how you care for your skin post-peel is how you prep it beforehand. Make sure you talk to your doctor about which products you should go on a break from (for at least a few days before your treatment)—and avoid facial waxing for at least one week, too.

For Anti-Aging Peels
Antioxidants and a low-dose retinol may be recommended for at least two weeks prior to treatment.

For Anti-Pigmentation Peels
Lightening agents like hydroquinone and kojic acid plus a retinoid are usually suggested. “This will help to get rid of the top layer of skin and allow the peel to work more predictably,” says says Boca Raton, FL, aesthetician Cheryl Staurowsky.

For Anti-Acne Peels
A low-dose retinol and topical product with salicylic acid will help to first clear the pores. 

Want to try an at-home peel? Learn more here.

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what's the price range for chemical peel
Posted January 27, 2013 4:59 PM EST
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Dr Rhys Branman
Chemical peels can rejuvenate the skin of men and women of all ages. Although there are peels of varying strength levels to fit almost anyone, it is still important to consider your skin type. The best candidates are usually those with fair, thin skin that has a tendency toward fine wrinkling or scarring on the face. Deeper chemical peels are usually not recommended for highly pigmented skin, such as Asian, black and Mediterranean, or oily, complexions. There are several different types of chemical peels to suit the needs of different people with different skin types and skin problems. A customized formula is often tailored to meet your needs. Dr Rhys Branman Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center
Posted January 23, 2013 10:23 AM EST
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