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Exfoliating Peels and Potential Complications

There are many professional exfoliation solutions and application techniques available to aestheticians. Even with extensive experience, it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the perfect exfoliation treatment for each individual client. To ensure a safe, effective peel, develop a strategy that will help you avoid complications and give clients the best results possible.

Always perform a skin assessment

Before any treatment plan is agreed upon, a complete skin assessment is crucial to achieve optimal results with few complications. Areas to cover include skin type, skin condition, current home care/product routine, lifestyle, and client expectations.

Talk to your clients about home care post-treatment

Even the best peel won’t produce flawless skin if there is no aftercare! Your clients need to know that a balance of professional treatments, post-treatment care, and continued at-home regimens will determine the success of the initial treatment.

Determine a client’s tolerance and sensitivity to peeling agents

To avoid unnecessary irritation, start slowly when using more intensive exfoliation treatments (such as those that use both a peel and mechanical device). Using a gradual intensity over the course of several treatment sessions may be in your client’s best interests to build tolerance and avoid complications. The best results take patience!

Know the various types of peels and when to use them

Peels are not a one-size-fits-all service. Each person’s skin chemistry will react differently to each peel; by ensuring you have an in-depth knowledge of the peels you offer, you will be more likely to choose the perfect fit for each individual client.

Enzyme peels are gentle and often safe for all skin types. These are great for first-time peels or for those looking for instant radiance.

Acid peels penetrate deeper into the layers and follicles, creating accelerated exfoliation that is ideal for treating age-related skin conditions. The most common acid peels are salicylic, glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, tartaric, and L-malic acids.

Chemical peels are a great choice for severe or stubborn skin conditions that do not respond to the above peels. They are often part of a progressive peel plan that often comes with slight discomfort, temporary redness, flaking, peeling, and inflammation in the recovery process.

With this strategy and each client’s specific needs in mind, you are on the right path to successful peel treatments!