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Planning for a Toronto Chemical Peel – What Does It Feel Like?

Chemical peels have quickly gained popularity in Toronto due to their ability to target common skin concerns such as scarring, acne, and pigmentation changes as well as signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dull, lacklustre skin.

While our skin naturally regenerates, this process slows down as we age, which means that our cell turnover rate is greatly reduced. A chemical peel can expedite cell rejuvenation, triggering collagen production and eradicating dull skin cells, enabling patients to achieve softer, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. Although most patients considering a Toronto chemical peel are excited about the results it yields, they often express concerns about the procedure, frequently asking “What does it feel like?” To ensure that you know how to plan for a Toronto chemical peel, the procedure is explained in detail below.

The Side Effects

What Does a Chemical Peel Feel Like?

Depending on your needs and the type of chemical peel selected, one or more layers may be applied. Once applied, it may be left on your skin for as little as a few minutes or as long as an hour. Initially, you may feel a slight stinging or tingling, or the peel may feel warm and prickly. However, this sensation means that the acid is working. In most cases, the feeling lasts only a few minutes, as the peel soon self-neutralizes or is neutralized by your practitioner. It is advisable to prepare your skin ahead of time by cleansing and moisturizing twice a day.

Immediately following your Toronto chemical peel, your skin may appear red, tight, and/or shiny. The side effects depend on the type of peel you have selected. Light peels often result in very little redness and little to no peeling, while deeper peels frequently cause redness, tightness, heat, minor swelling, and peeling. Because glycolic and lactic acid peels tend to be more hydrating, they typically do not result in significant redness or dryness.

Benefits of the Treatment

What Can I Expect After My Chemical Peel?

It is imperative to follow all aftercare instructions carefully to ensure optimal results. Cleanse your skin carefully and apply moisturizer and sunscreen diligently after your chemical peel. It is also important to avoid sun exposure, particularly in the first few days of your recovery, and to avoid exaggerated facial expressions as much as possible to prevent tearing the skin, which will be tight and delicate. It is crucial to avoid peeling loose skin, as doing so may result in scarring.

Within one week of your chemical peel, you will begin to notice the benefits of the treatment, as new, healthy skin is revealed. Since the results are cumulative, a series of 4 to 6 chemical peels are typically recommended. Although facial injectables are safe immediately following a chemical peel, other facial treatments, including waxing, should be avoided for at least 5 days.

Although a chemical peel can result in minor discomfort, the dramatic results of this treatment make it well worth it. To learn more and to determine your candidacy for a chemical peel in Toronto, we invite you to contact our clinic to schedule a consultation.

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