Why does peeling appear after peeling?
Exfoliation is the most important step in skincare. It is the peeling that provides the skin with radiance and freshness, is responsible for an even tone, cleanses the pores, and also helps other skincare products to actively affect the skin. But the skin after peeling is often flaky. Let’s figure out what to do.
Causes of peeling skin after peeling
Let’s start with the fact that peeling can be mechanical and chemical. In the first case, exfoliation of keratinized skin particles occurs due to mechanical action – the use of a scrub with abrasive components, peeling mittens, or a brush to cleanse the face. Chemical peels work through a specific interaction between acid solutions and skin cells: the top “coating” is removed, revealing a more even and fresh layer. Chemical exfoliants dissolve desmosomes – a kind of “chain” that binds cells, due to which exfoliation occurs.
In chemical peeling, different groups of acids are used, for example:
- AHA (glycol, malic, lactic, pyruvic),
- BHA (salicylic, beta-hydroxypropionic),
- PHA (gluconic, lactobionic),
Chemical peels come in three levels of intensity.
- Light (superficial) peeling affects only the epidermis – the outer layer of the skin.
- The median affects the epidermis and part of the dermis, the middle layer of the skin.
- Deep chemical peeling works at the dermis level.
Superficial peeling can be both a salon procedure and a “home” one. But medium and deep peeling are exclusively professional procedures.
Superficial exfoliation, both mechanical and chemical, is a gentle procedure. Redness after peeling is normal, but if you notice peeling, then you have very sensitive skin. Or you overdid it: it is recommended to do home peeling no more than twice a week (in the case of dry skin, even less often).
Peeling after medium or deep peeling is an inevitable process. The cells of the deep layers of the skin do not exfoliate at once, but gradually. Therefore, peeling of the skin can be observed even two weeks after the procedure.
Therefore, there is no single answer to the question of how long the skin flakes off after peeling. For some, it is restored for a whole month, while for others, rehabilitation is much faster.
How to remove peeling after peeling?
Properly selected post-peel skincare will help it recover faster.
- Wash your face with cool water using mild, pH-balanced cleansers. Choose a gel or cream.
- To restore the protective barrier of the skin faster, use a cream with moisturizing properties. Look for products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins B and E, zinc oxide, squalane, shea butter, and glycerin. And drink more water to stay hydrated.
- After peeling, the skin becomes more vulnerable, so sun protection is especially important. Try to avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen with an SPF factor. Important: Look for products with broad-spectrum protection against Type A and Type B rays.
- If you have undergone a professional peeling procedure, ask your beautician which soothing masks you can do – and when.
- Immediately after the procedure, the doctor may prescribe products based on panthenol and bisabolol to soothe the skin.
If you follow all the points, but the situation does not improve within a few days, the face itches a lot, the redness does not subside, you should ask the beautician for advice.
Care for facial skin restoration after peeling
Discuss the post-peel care program with your doctor: he will tell you what products can be used after the procedure and after how long. Perhaps one of these will suit you.
Moisturizing Facial Lotion SPF 25
Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Absorbs quickly. Hyaluronic acid perfectly moisturizes, and a complex based on three ceramides strengthens the protective barrier. The lotion is created using the unique MVE technology, which guarantees a gradual release of active ingredients: a prolonged moisturizing effect is guaranteed. Apply liberally enough to create a strong “armor” on the surface of the skin to protect against the sun.