Question: I’m really confused about prepping my skin before the peel or skin needling. I’ve read a lot here about it but honestly, I’m not getting it. Do I need to prep for a week, a day or an hour before you perform a peel on me? And what exactly do I need to do?
Here is my explanation:
- Medical grade skin peels and medical facials dissolve ionic bonds to loosen dead skin cells, which facilities hydration and penetration of active ingredients. It also helps to stimulate collagen in the dermis.
- Skin needling improves elasticity, collagen production, elastin synthesis, skin’s texture and tone.
Medi-facials, peels and skin needling work best on skin that has been prepared adequately over a period of 1 to 3 weeks
By preparing your skin you are creating the perfect canvas for us to work on and you will:
- Avoid unwanted side effects (eg hyper-pigmentation)
- Shorten recovery time your skin needs after the procedure
- Get a better, quicker result – prepared skin will repair and rebuild itself a lot faster
Preparation for a skin treatment depends mainly on the type of skin and treatment.
- If you have dark skin, skin pigmentation is possible, particularly after some peels and skin needling. Pre-treatment regimen may include Retinol and White Balance to help minimize the possibility of post treatment hyperpigmentation, make your procedure more uniform, and decrease your downtime.
- Fair-skinned people may not need to be treated before peeling. However, prepping skin before skin needling will achieve a significantly better result.
- Anti-Acne procedures prepping may include specialised cleanser with Salicyllic acid, Retinol, BlueAOX etc.
As a general rule, you should follow the pre-treatment regimen for 1-3 weeks. Some procedures may require down time. Here are a few things you should know about some procedures:
- It may look worse than it’ll feel. If skin is inflamed, it usually improves very rapidly in the first day or two after the procedure.
- Some people develop swelling, but it will diminish fairly rapidly in the first few days.
- Peels can be uncomfortable for a few days, and the peeled area may look unsightly from day 4 post peel. If this happens we have a solution, ask your therapist
- Stop all vigorous physical activity – there is no need to irritate skin by overworking your sweat glands
- Expect Full recovery in 5-10 days
- Speed up the healing process by applying recommended skin care serum post treatment
- Ensure sun protection/avoidance and continue with “white balance” for post-inflammatory pigmentation if it is a concern