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Will Sun Damage Affect My Chemical Peel Results?

At Kendall Dermatology, patients in and around Miami, FL may want to seek skin rejuvenation solutions that can improve the appearance, texture, and tone of the skin. Many patients who visit us choose chemical peels. While chemical peels can be a great way to address a wide range of skin concerns, it is vital that patients understand the importance of protecting their skin from sun damage afterwards.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a treatment of the skin that uses a blend of ingredients, or chemicals, that can help in removing the upper layer of the skin and allowing fresh, new skin cells to emerge. Chemical peels can be as mild or as aggressive as patients desire. The mild peels provide subtle results, while more aggressive peels will dramatically change the skin’s appearance. However, aggressive peels do require patients to take recovery time and healing time away from work and social activities, as the skin will peel dramatically over the course of a week—though the results are amazing! This transformation may be achieved with a combination of chemicals, but most common chemical peels include:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • TCA

Will sun damage affect my chemical peel results?

Yes and no. After a chemical peel, the skin is extremely vulnerable to sun damage. This is why most patients are advised to avoid sun exposure after they have had their chemical peel. The skin is more susceptible to damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, even with the application of sun screen. However, sun damage itself will not affect the results of a chemical peel. Instead, it can expose patients to more ultraviolet rays which can contribute to the development of skin cancer. It can also increase the risk of developing sun spots and other pigmentation concerns. This can occur even if patients are applying sunblock following their chemical peel. Regardless, patients should take note as to how they should care for their skin following a chemical peel to reduce the risk of cancer and other concerns developing shortly after.

Are you interested in learning more about treatments for skin rejuvenation?

If you are ready to speak to a professional about your skin care needs, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Dr. Michael C. Margulies of Miami, FL. The practice is located at 8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite #704E and can be reached by calling (305) 595-0393.

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