Seeing in the mirror after peeling a red face, swelling and sagging “pieces” of skin, women are in a hurry to rush to the beautician. In pursuit of beauty, they miss that this is how the change (renewal) of cells and tissues of the skin that are exposed to exfoliants is expressed. The unpleasant consequences after cleansing are irreversible, but in order for them to pass quickly and without complications, it is important to ensure proper post-peeling care.
Temporary inconvenience after peeling
Peeling is a great option for quick, productive skin renewal. After the cleansing procedure, a number of changes take place in the skin cells, they begin to function accelerated, a large amount of collagen, elastin is produced, many new, elastic and strong cells appear. Outwardly, changes are also noticeable, the skin becomes elastic, the face looks refreshed and younger.
The peeling procedure is one of the most popular methods of skin rejuvenation and healing. Unfortunately, most patients pay more attention to the final result, forgetting about the process of transformation. At a visit to a cosmetology cabinet, peeling does not end. After exfoliation, the skin expects complete degeneration, which is accompanied by redness, swelling and peeling.
What natural and unpleasant effects with the skin should be expected after the peeling procedure?
Redness is a completely understandable phenomenon after exfoliation. It manifests itself almost always, but does not require additional intervention, actions to eliminate. Peeling is a stress for the skin, which stimulates the activity of epidermal cells and causes an increase in blood circulation in the upper layers of the skin. The patient’s body instantly responds to extensive tissue damage by responding to enhanced regeneration processes and a rush of blood to the epidermis.
In medical language, a sudden rush of blood to the upper layers of the skin, due to physical effects, massage, is called erythema. You should not worry about this defect, it will pass on its own through time. The duration of redness depends on many factors, including the depth and type of exposure.
The intensity and duration of redness depends on the selected type of peeling:
- After hardware peeling (laser, microcurrent), slight redness is observed, which quickly passes. It should be noted that hardware peeling does not violate the integrity of the skin, the procedure goes without complications, only problem areas are involved;
- After mechanical cleaning (after coral peeling, scrub, throwing), redness can persist for up to several hours;
- Chemical peeling causes an extensive burn on the surface, so the effect is more pronounced. For example, after mid-peeling with trichloroacetic acid, a reddened face may not last 5 days until the epithelization process is complete.
In the first minutes after peeling, the face turns red, burns. There is no cause for concern when you observe a tendency to a gradual fading of redness. However, in the case when unusual redness persists for a long time (several days) without changes, contact a cosmetologist.
It is impossible to mask redness with foundation creams, powders and other means of decorative cosmetics. By doing this, you can contribute to the development of inflammation and infection of damaged tissues.
Swelling of the tissues is observed, as a rule, in the corners of the lips, in the eye area. In these areas, the skin is thinner, sensitively reacts to chemical, mechanical effects. To a greater extent, swelling is characteristic of median and deep peeling.
If the swelling does not pass within the time prescribed by the protocol of the peeling procedure, you need to contact a cosmetologist. There are cases when swelling is caused by a violation of the outflow of lymph or acts as a reaction of the body to the component used during cleansing. Special procedures, massage can correct the situation, but they cannot be appointed and performed independently.
After peeling, the skin begins to peel off, peel off. This is how the body gets rid of dead cells, replacing them with new ones. The process of peeling continues for 2-7 days, it depends on the degree of exposure to exfoliant, skin structure. During peeling, a feeling of tightness, unusual dryness is felt, itching is possible.
There is peeling without peeling. As a rule, this applies to the first cleansing procedure. It’s not worth worrying, there’s nothing to exfoliate. Your skin has sufficiently accumulated keratinized layers, the peeling agent has acted on the upper ones (you washed them off with an exfoliant), but you still haven’t reached the inside. With subsequent peeling procedures, this will be fixed, and peeling will certainly occur.
To facilitate peeling of the skin after peeling, pay maximum attention to moisturizing: use preparations prescribed by the cosmetologist to accelerate regeneration, panthenol, products based on vegetable oils (shea butter, grape seed extract), cosmetics with the addition of hyaluronic acid.
Before using any new product, skin care products after peeling, be sure to consult a cosmetologist. Some drugs can harm, prolong the rehabilitation period.
Abnormal skin reaction after brushing
After undergoing peeling, patients expect an equally important and alarming period of rehabilitation and recovery. The final result depends on how carefully you treat the new skin condition, what you will do and how.
When the patient is not sufficiently prepared for the cleansing procedure, there are violations with exfoliation, the features of the state of the body are missed, contraindications – it is difficult to talk about a positive outcome. In this case, complications may arise that require qualified intervention and additional examination.
The appearance of water bubbles on the surface of the face is a sign of violation of the protocol of the procedure, it is possible that the concentration of the peeling agent was exceeded, so a deep chemical or thermal burn was obtained. Correct the situation, provide the beautician. Seek help immediately, otherwise scars, age spots may remain on your face.
Frequent rashes, acne
Numerous rashes are a completely normal reaction to a weakening of the immune system and the protective function of the skin, but they can also be caused by insufficient care. Numerous, extensive areas provoke residual atrophic scars.
Due to the weakening of the protection of skin cells from external attacks of infection, bacteria on the face can appear and develop herpes. To reduce the risk of such complications, some time after peeling, the cosmetologist recommends using antibiotics and antiviral drugs.
Irritation, swelling and redness that do not go away for a long time are some of the signs of an allergic reaction. In order to avoid additional difficulties during and after peeling, it is important to conduct an allergy test in a timely manner and notify the cosmetologist of the possible risks. If you have sensitive skin, then after peeling use anti-allergenic cosmetics for care.
When it was not possible to avoid allergies, contact a cosmetologist without delay. He will prescribe antihistamines in the form of injections or tablets, he will recommend a special ointment to reduce the foci of allergies.
Residual scars and scars
Improper care, violation of hygiene rules during the rehabilitation period threatens with residual scars, scars. A day after exfoliation, peeling is observed on the face, in some cases a crust will appear. The maximum on 7 day it should go off, but to tear it off, you can’t tear it off.
To speed up the process of tissue repair, cosmetologists prescribe special wound healing preparations, panthenol. In addition, it is possible to accelerate the course of regeneration with natural masks and means (shea butter, moisturizing compounds with hyaluronic acid, plant extracts).
The sun’s rays, in particular ultraviolet, negatively reflect on the renewed skin. Its protective function has not been restored, so it is highly recommended to perform peelings during the period of minimal solar activity (from October to February), plus include sunscreens in post-peeling care.
For owners of skin prone to pigmentation, it is necessary to undergo pre-peeling training. Be sure to familiarize the cosmetologist with this fact.
How to avoid side effects after exfoliation
Each of us does not have time for additional therapies, treatment of post-peeling complications arising due to improper procedure at home, insufficient care after it. In some cases, these troubles can begin due to the low qualification of the cosmetologist.
To minimize the risk of unpleasant consequences, we recommend that you listen to the tips:
- Examine customer reviews about a cosmetologist, a beauty salon, because a professional mistake will cost a lot (in terms of health and beauty);
- Do not carry out the first skin peeling at home, entrust it to specialists. He will competently conduct a cleansing, explain important points, the subtleties of the procedure, tell you what to do with a dissonant redness of the face, swelling or complications;
- Check for allergies to peeling products used;
- Explore contraindications to the procedure in detail. For example, for expectant mothers and those planning a pregnancy, you cannot use retinoic peeling, popularly referred to as yellow peeling, but for sensitive skin, milk peeling will be useful;
- Ask about the preparation for the procedure and how many days it will take to rehabilitate, perhaps it is better to take an additional day off at work, conduct peeling on vacation.
So that the face after peeling is not disturbed by bursts of rashes, acne, age spots and residual scars (scars), go to the procedure with complete seriousness. Be sure to ask what peeling is best done for your skin type and why, with what it should start and how to shorten the “scaly” period. Do not be afraid to ask questions before the cleansing procedure so that the redness or peeling that is usual after peeling does not cause anxiety and passes as quickly as possible.