With such a harsh sounding name, it is no surprise that there are many myths and much misinformation surrounding the chemical peel procedure. A few chemical peel myths are detailed below:

1. A chemical peel will make my face look raw.
There are three types of chemical peels–light, medium, and deep. While it is sometimes true that a deep peel may leave the skin tender and pink, the pinkness usually subsides within a week. For lighter peels, there is not much redness.

2. I don’t need to see a physician to get a chemical peel.
At-home chemical peels a usually weak and most likely will not give you the results that you are looking for. There are many spas that perform chemical peels, but patients should be wary of going to such places. Spa employees may not have a strong understanding of the medical needs of your skin type. They may also not be able to help you if complications arise.

3. I will see results immediately after a chemical peel.
Unfortunately, your skin is going to look worse before it gets better. Depending on the strength of the peel, it may take up to two weeks before you have your desired look. You must be patient and have realistic expectations for your recovery.

4. I will have to avoid all sun exposure after a chemical peel.
The idea of not being able to go outdoors seems especially depressing, especially in an area like Southern California. After a peel your skin will be sensitive, and you do need to take extra care of it. Unprotected skin exposure can cause early aging, so it is important to wear sunscreen and cover up when you are outside.

If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels, contact Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon Dr. Batniji today for a consultation at 949-650-8882.