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When is it safe to go out in the sun after a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are a great way to kick-start the skin rejuvenation process, as they reduce signs of aging and sun damage. However, before undergoing a chemical peel, it’s important to be aware of proper post-peel care, and possible risks. One of the most important questions to ask your dermatologist is, – When is it safe to go out in the sun after a chemical peel.

What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a facial rejuvenation procedure that is done to resurface the skin, and restore its health and youthfulness.Peels may be deep, superficial, or medium in strength.

A chemical peel refers to the application of a chemical solution to the skin, to remove the dead skin cells from the surface. Exfoliating this outer layer refreshes the appearance, as the skin below is newer, and more vibrant.

When is it safe to go out in the sun after a chemical peel?
The skin is extremely sensitive after a chemical peel, it’susually dry, red, and slightly swollen and irritated, so it’s essential to protect it from the sun.

Doctors generally advise patients to wait until the skin has finished peeling, before exposing the skin to any sunlight. Peeling can last for 3-5 days, but this depends on the type of peel that was done. Early exposure to sunlight can lead to skin discoloration.

Sun exposure should therefore be kept at a minimum, but if you have to go outdoors, be sure to lather sunscreen on your face and neck.

Contact Wellcare Medical Centre, Kingston, QLD, for more information on chemical peels.  Call (07)3133 4483 today, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moshen.

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