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Chemical peels can be a great way to keep your skin looking fresh, young and beautiful. However, there are still some myths behind these facial treatments, about how they work and effect your skin. Below are 5 popular myths we’ve seen, and the truth behind them.

Myth: All chemical peels are the same.
Truth: The skin care or medical professional will work with you to decide on a desired result, and that will determine the type of peel used, the percentage of the acid used, and the pH level.

These three factors will be weighed when figuring out what is the best treatment to undergo. For example, glycolic peelspenetrate the skin deeply, while enzyme peels only slough off exterior dead skin cells and require less recovery time.

Myth: All chemical peels hurt.
Truth: While intense medical peels do exist and may require anesthetics, mild peels should not cause serious pain. Some sensitivity can be experienced, but this is generally normal and to be expected.  Consult with your skin care or medical professional if you have any concerns.

Myth: Your skin will always be red and irritated.
Truth: Companies today are utilizing ingredients like seaweed to help soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of sensitivity that clients were used to seeing in the past. Look for a controlled, uni-dose peel with marine-peeling agents and ingredients to soothe skin's appearance such as chamomile and seaweed.

MythChemical peels require months of recovery time.
Truth: Not anymore, nowadays there are even peels that can be done in 10 minutes, known as “lunch peels”! Once again of course it depends on the type of peel and strength, but gone are the days of looking like a Smurf and being blue for a week. For proper recovery, follow the advice of your skin care professional and protect your face every day.

Myth: Chemical peels can be performed by anyone.
Truth: Peels should only be performed by licensed beauty or medical professionals. Peels are a powerful way to exfoliate your skin and the strength of peels can vary and cause damage if misused. Trust your skin care professional to choose a peel that best suits your concerns and needs.

*This blog is intended for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition.  Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have about a medical condition.

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