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Is Chemical Peel Okay When I have Sensitive Skin?

Is Chemical Peel Okay When I have Sensitive Skin

We all want younger, smoother, more even-toned skin … but how do we get it? One of the most common ways people achieve a more youthful appearance is with a chemical peel. It’s a procedure known for causing redness and irritation, however, leaving many people with sensitive skin wondering if it’s for them.

The good news is that anyone can profit from a chemical peel. It’s all about figuring out how to safeguard your skin and choosing the right ingredients. Let’s take a look at the benefits of chemical peels, how to find a good option for you, and whether to try your first peel at home or at a dermatology office.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels rest on a simple idea: remove the dry, dead and uneven top layers of skin to reveal fresh, glowing, healthy skin beneath. The “peel” part arises from a chemical solution applied to skin, which causes the top layers to slough off. You can choose a light, medium or heavy peel. The more intense your choice, the more layers of skin you’ll remove.

Benefits of a chemical peel include:

  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes sunspots and discoloration
  • Evens out skin tone and increases glow
  • Softens of acne scars
  • Minimizes Pores

Results are long-lasting, but not permanent. Over time, your skin will begin to wrinkle and discolor again in response to sun exposure and weathering. Luckily, you can get repeated peels to address aesthetic needs that arise in the future.

Chemical Peels for Sensitive Skin

Because chemicals cause skin to actually die off and peel away, it’s normal that there will be some irritation associated with this process. Anyone whose complexion responds poorly to the wrong foods or an overly strong facewash is right to be wary about this treatment option.

Many people have this problem, though, so there are a number of options for sensitive skin on the market. These avoid the strong acids used in decades past, opting for gentler replacements. Most people can tolerate these, even with delicate skin.

Note that all skin types – from normal to oily, sensitive to dry – need extra protection after a chemical peel, when you are particularly susceptible to sunburn. This is a good reason to get your peel done at a clinic, where a post-procedure care packet will be provided to you.

What to Look for in a Chemical Peel

There are a number of options for those with sensitive skin. Ideally, though, you’ll choose a formula that:

  • Uses a lighter active ingredient, such as lactic acid rather than glycolic acid
  • Avoids fragrances
  • Steers clear of added ingredients, even natural ones

The addition of extra substances can be unnecessarily irritating, and is best avoided.

At-Home Vs. In-Office Chemical Peels

If you’re new to peels, you’re likely wondering whether to take the DIY route or not. While you can get any number of over-the-counter options for sensitive skin, it’s a bad idea to go it alone. You might choose the wrong formula, leading to irritation or failing to address your individual needs like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, etc.

Instead, go to a professional. They will help you choose the right option, avoid harsh chemicals, treat your specific problem and care for skin properly afterward. It’s by far the gentlest approach!

Schedule a Gentle, Professional Chemical Peel Today

Ready to get a chemical peel from a professional? Valley Skin Institute is the best provider in town for protecting sensitive skin, while still delivering the beautiful benefits of this procedure. Request an appointment now or purchase skincare products here.


Dr. Leslie Storey | Valley Skin Institute

Dr. Leslie Storey is a board-certified physician specializing in medical and surgical dermatology. Her mission is to find and remove skin cancer, which she does more than 2,000 times a year. An expert in Mohs Surgery, Dr. Storey’s patients often comment that they are amazed at how minimal their scar is after they have healed from surgery. If you notice anything suspicious on your skin, request an appointment with Dr. Storey to have it checked out.

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