Retinol Peel: All You Need to Know

Retinol peel is also a chemical peel which is a powerful solution, perfect for those who need long-lasting results.

It has been around ever since 1971 and is well known for improving texture, pigmentation, acne scars, and wrinkles.

Less invasive than laser treatment, yet offers the same results for every skin type, besides those women with super sensitive skin.

If you are trying to get a smooth, youthful, and wrinkle-free complexion, here is all you need to know about retinol.

What Is A Retinol Peel?

Retinol peel is a liquid substance in the form of a peel.

It is applied topically on top of your face, neck, back or chest area when removing any imperfections.

This peel can remove any built-up dead skin and promote new and healthy collagen production.

What are the benefits of Retinol Peel?

benefits of retinol peel

In most cases, it is been reported to have the following effects:

  • Generate new skin cells
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Diminishes any fine lines or wrinkles
  • Removes pigmentation, dark spots, and age spots
  • Helps calm down acne
  • Helps with acne scars and redness

How Does a Retinol Peel Work?

Retinol peels are offered as a treatment at many salons. Although they can be done on your own, you should invest in your first peel at a dermatologist’s office.

The process is done on clean and cleansed skin.

The esthetician will apply the peel with a flat brush, or with a cotton swab all over your chosen area.

As the product starts to absorb into your skin, you might experience a tingling sensation.

Later, as the product sinks and hardens, you will get a layer of retinol cream on top of the peel.

The peel itself is usually consistent out of alpha-hydroxy acids, while the cream is all retinol-based.

Once both of these products sink in you might notice a slight pink glow on top of your skin.

The application process doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

When Will You Spot A Significant Difference?

This is quite different for everyone.

The answer is based on your skin’s texture, your daily habits, and your maintenance.

Some claim that you can spot the results in 4-6 weeks, while a complete change is noticeable around weeks 10-12.

The fact that you can’t notice any results before 2-3 months after your treatment can sound scary, however, you should wait it out and see if retinol makes any difference for your skin.

Although it is a slower working method, once it gives out results they are almost semi-permanent, unlike microdermabrasion or UV light treatments that demand constant visitations and upkeep.

Are There Different Kinds Of Retinol Peels?

Yes, there are.

Usually, dermatologists offer you three different volumes: a mild peel, a medium one, and a strong peel.

All three of these are effective but are recommended for different skin types.

For instance, if your skin is quite sensitive and dry you should go for a mild peel.

Mostly every woman should start with a gentle peel and then gradually move on to the stronger one since her skin will adapt to the product in time.

You will push the boundaries and will spot a significant difference as you go onto the stronger retinol.

How Often Should You Do Retinol Peels?

Doctors usually recommend one peel every 4-6 weeks.

Although they are applied topically, it can take them a few weeks to penetrate all the layers and to start correctly working.

Retinol peel is usually highly-priced, so getting it done once a month or even less often will save you from spending a huge sum of money while giving you long-lasting results.

Is There A Specific Aftercare?

Don’t Wash Your Face

After the procedure is over you should let retinol sink into your pores for 8-10 hours. After that, you can rinse it off and follow with your moisturizer.

Be Gentle

Make sure your pressure when applying any product on top of your skin is gentle. Make massaging and tapping movements, and avoid rubbing or scratching motions.

Wear Sunscreen

You should avoid the sun completely for 48 hours after the treatment since your skin might be too sensitive. After that make sure you wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 on an everyday basis.  Try to stay out of the sun and let your skin heal on its own, behind closed doors.

The Right Cleanser

Purchase a cleanser that is low-foaming and free of any sulfates. Moisture is very important since you don’t want to make your skin even drier than it already is.

Are There Any Side Effects?

A lot of women will experience:

  • Redness
  • Slight peeling of the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Breakouts
  • Worsening of the acne

However, all of these are normal during the first 7-10 days after the treatment.

Your skin is adapting to this new substance, so it might react worse in the beginning, but will clear out later on.

Only in some rare cases, women might find the healing process painful and should visit their dermatologist.

They will give you an antibiotic or some vitamins to calm down your skin

Wrapping It Up

There you have it.  The Ultimate Guide to Retinal Peels.

Are you going to get one?  Have you had one before?  Let us know below.  We’d love to hear from you.

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