Exfoliative Peels: FAQs

It seems like exfoliative peels are growing in popularity lately. Men, women and teens everywhere are willing to deal with a week or so of pretty intense peeling of their skin for the more radiant glow and even skin tone that results after a successful peel. To help you decide whether this treatment is right for you, Dr. O of Your Time Medical answers some common questions.

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EXFOLIATIVE PEEL?

Exfoliative peels (or chemical peels as they are commonly referred to) are primary acids applied topically and used to remove the outer layer of the skin. Different treatments are used based on the intended depth of skin penetration: superficial, medium or deep.

As we age, our skin undergoes numerous levels of damage: pigmentary (sun damage, freckles or malasma), textural, wrinkles, dry or rough skin, open pores or just plain saggy. Exfoliative peels can improve signs of this damage.

WHAT IS THE EXFOLIATIVE PEEL PROCESS?

During your consultation, I look at the entire visage, consider your skin history and lifestyle and recommend which peel would be the most appropriate for you.

After determining the right peel, your face is cleansed, I do a mini-facial with a massage, I apply the pre-peel with a towellette, and then I paint your face with your peel. You may experience some stinging but nothing that my super fan cannot relieve.

We review all post care procedures and you are off to await your peeling. All patients, especially my first time peelers have a direct way of getting in touch with me with any questions or concerns.

WHAT MUST I DO AFTER GETTING AN EXFOLIATIVE PEEL?

Everything that is discussed during your post peel discharge process. Mainly, wash your face with the provided gentle cleanser, apply the towellettes, sunscreen and post peel protectorate. And do not under any circumstance peel your skin off, no matter how tempting this may be.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER AN EXFOLIATIVE PEEL?

As with everything else we do to our body, it is slightly unpredictable and varies from person to person. For sure you WILL peel. I wish I could say for exactly how long or which area will peel first but I cannot. There will be some stinging, slight burning, which can be alleviated with a cream in your post peel survivor pack.

IS THERE DOWNTIME?

There is no downtime, but depending on your job and how self-conscious you are the peeling time could be considered your downtime, which again varies per individual.

If your work requires you to be face to face with people, I recommend an early morning Wednesday or Tuesday evening peel, as it usually takes a day or two to peel. You can have the weekend to peel away. Medium to deep peel should not be scheduled less than two weeks away from any important event.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

I get so excited when a client asks this because I know how satisfied they will be with the results. It is important to note that some people do require a second peel 4-6 weeks after the first one to achieve the desired results.

But generally you will have baby soft skin that is lighter, or even free of some blemishes and pimples. And since peels can also be used on the hands and back these results can be the same there as well.

If you take care of your skin, moisturize, use sunscreen the results can last 6-8 months, maybe longer depending on your lifestyle.

ANY IMPORTANT WARNING YOU GIVE YOUR PATIENTS?

Stop using any Retinoid products prior to a peel and inform me of all and any products prior to getting your treatments.

Please do not google or call your friend with questions; I am available and willing to answer all questions for my clients.

WHAT IS THE SAFETY RECORD FOR EXFOLIATIVE PEELS?

Exfoliative peels are generally very safe with the exception of pregnancy and certain medical conditions; it’s all about identifying the right product for the each client. Exfoliative peels are also safe for skin of color.

More and more men, women and adolescents are interested in receiving an exfoliating peel. I mention the younger population because this is an appropriate treatment for teens with acne or scarring, especially prior to prom or homecoming.

Schedule your first peel in the comfort of your own home or YTM suite by calling Dr. O’s office at 443-294-2101. Visit yourtimemedical.com for more information.

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Dr. Monet Ouwinga
Dr. I. Monet Ouwinga, or simply Dr. O, as she likes to be called is a Board Certified Family Medicine provider, with special interests in Women’s Health (physical, mental, cosmetic and sexual). Dr. O graduated as chief resident from Loyola-Cook County Family Medicine and went on to do a fellowship in high risk maternal-child health. She’s participated in numerous international medical missions and speaks Spanish fluently. Relocated to Calvert County only two years ago Dr. O has quickly become part of her new community. Besides practicing at Calvert Physician Associates (affiliated with Calvert Memorial Hospital), Dr. O works with CHAMP, Calvert and Charles County, consulting with CPS and examines children with or suspected of physical or sexual abuse. Dr. O volunteers at multiple health and dental fairs, and has an annual Story Time With Dr. O where she reads books and even has a dance about your “No-No” areas. Dr. O is a wife and a mother of a 3-year-old.