After peeling, cosmetologists prescribe dexpanthenol only in case of median or deep exfoliation. Radical methods of cleansing and rejuvenation can cause significant damage to the upper layer of the epidermis. Therefore, in some cases, skin regeneration can be accelerated only with the help of panthenol-based medications. Many women do not know what to give preference to: ointment or cream, and what is the difference between them. About why after peeling it is necessary to use wound healing products from a pharmacy, how long care should be and if there are restrictions – we will tell further.
Why does skin need care?
No matter how gentle and gentle exfoliation may be, it is damage and stress for the skin, and in the case of radical lifting techniques, an acid or thermal burn of I-II severity. Effective middle and deep peels, chemical on a par with physical ones, destroy the integrity of the skin and set up internal processes in the epidermis in a new way. Blood flow is stimulated, collagen and elastin fibers are formed in an accelerated mode, the skin is saturated with nutrition and oxygen. But on the way to a noticeable rejuvenation and effective elimination of appearance defects, women have to deal with itchy redness, inflammation and extensive skin exfoliation.
What reaction will cause chemical peeling with acids, diamond or laser resurfacing of the face with accuracy will not be able to predict even an experienced cosmetologist. It must be remembered that the body’s immune response to an external stimulus may be typical, or perhaps unpredictable, and the consequences of such a procedure will become extremely undesirable. Therefore, it is so important to regularly and correctly take care of the skin in the post-peeling period, selecting proven drugs and methods. A careless attitude to defenseless skin can not only minimize the results of peeling, but also make the face repulsive.
The reactions of the skin after peeling go through three main stages. The woman begins to notice the first changes in her appearance from the day after the procedure and over the next 2 weeks. From 2 to 6 one week after exfoliation, a period of active regeneration sets in, during which the skin changes again. The final stage (in 1-2 months after peeling) is already complications caused by the lack of professionalism of the cosmetologist or violation of the protocol of the procedure.
Typical skin reactions, no matter how unpleasant they may be, cannot be regarded as side effects or complications. They can easily be minimized with classic post-peeling skin care products. The following skin conditions will be expected after the procedure:
- dehydration of the epidermal layer from its upper layers to the basement membrane of the epithelium (depending on the depth of penetration of the active substance);
- redness of the skin against the background of a sharp expansion of capillaries. May persist for a week;
- dryness and flaking of keratinized epidermis;
- puffiness and sagging of the skin, especially in the eye and décolleté;
- change in the shade of the skin from light brown to brown after deep chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
An individual plan for skin restoration after peeling is made by a cosmetologist at the very beginning of the exfoliation course. As a rule, it includes moisturizers, nourishing, regenerating and disinfectants, which can be purchased at any pharmacy without prescriptions.
Save the skin correctly
Care for skin injured with acidic compounds or laser beams should be consistent and thorough. Damaged peeling skin under which a new epidermis is actively forming, must be carefully cleaned with sulfate-free face cleansers, moisturized with natural masks and decoctions, nourished and restored with special creams, protected from ultraviolet radiation and disinfected with antibacterial drugs.
The basic rules of post-peeling care are common to all anti-aging techniques:
- in the first few days after peeling, it is advisable to touch less on the injured face skin, so the consistency of all cleansing and moisturizing agents should be gel or foamy: they will be quickly absorbed without additional rubbing;
- hydration is a separate mandatory stage of post-peeling skin restoration. Preparations that contribute to the normalization of the water-lipid balance, eliminate the feeling of tightness of the skin and are a good prevention of scar formation;
- regenerated preparations containing retinol, panthenol, omega-fatty acids stimulate the formation of renewed epithelium. Creams based on these components help accelerate healing of the skin;
- in the case of deep peelings, antibacterial drugs must be added to the standard set of after-peeling care products that will prevent infection of young skin. As well as antioxidant formulations containing tocopherol or selenium;
- in the first days after the exfoliation procedure, it is advisable to wash with slightly acidic water;
- crusts formed after acid or thermal peeling should not be touched. They are a natural barrier to young epithelium, protecting it from atmospheric pollution and bacteria, and also prevent the formation of scars and screeds;
- for the period of post-peeling skin regeneration, refuse to apply makeup and use compositions with particles of abrasives;
- 3-4 once a day, apply a regenerating cream or gel to your face, as well as a UV protection agent with SPF of at least 30.
Regeneration, hydration and nutrition – this is required for the skin after a chemical or physical burn provoked by peeling. To heal the skin, you can purchase professional cosmetic products, ready-made lines which any clinic offers. Another option is to consult with a specialist and buy at the pharmacy their budget counterparts – medicines based on the same active substances.
Dexpanthenol and Solcoseryl: is there a difference
The use of Dexpanthenol after peeling is recommended by many experts. This tool does not apply to cosmetology. Initially, Dexpanthenol is a medicine based on dexapanthenol, the wound healing effect of which is ideal for restoring peeling damaged by peeling. The most popular composition in 2 forms: cream and ointment. Both that and another helps with burns, cuts, cracks and other serious violations of the integrity of the skin, including those provoked by peeling.
Compared with a very oily ointment, which is mainly recommended for infant diaper rash and postoperative bedsores, the texture of the cream is much easier – it is absorbed in minutes, leaves no film and has a good regenerating effect, largely due to the vitamin B5 included in the preparation.
Dexpanthenol is suitable for face care after median and deep chemical and mechanical peels. The product does not clog pores, does not cause allergic reactions or the formation of black spots. The cream is recommended to be applied within 5 days after the peeling procedure in the morning and evening. A more affordable analogue of Dexpanthenol is a spray or cream D-Panthenol. Its basis is the same active component, but the vitamin component is absent in it.
Some cosmetologists instead of Dexpanthenol prescribe Solcoseryl gel. This medication is especially effective after chemical peels. Its basis is components of animal origin, namely the extract from the blood of dairy calves.
Despite its specific smell, Solcoseryl is indispensable during post-peeling care: the product activates metabolism, normalizes blood flow, and helps to saturate the skin with micronutrients and oxygen. Solcoseryl ointment is suitable for any type of skin, and gel is the best option for facial skin with manifestations of anke or the presence of seborrheic zones.
Please note that neither Dexpanthenol nor Solcoseryl contain antibacterial components. Antimicrobial treatment of the skin after peeling is best done with chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide.
Each woman decides which remedy to choose as the main one for the speediest skin regeneration after peeling. It all depends on the type of exfoliation, the degree of damage to the skin and, of course, the budget. In any case, before seeking advice from friends, on thematic forums or from pharmacists, consult a cosmetologist. Despite the fact that wound healing creams and ointments do not cause allergies and are suitable for any type of skin, you should not prescribe them yourself.