Are chemical peels safe for rosacea?

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As Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners, here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic,we provide a wide range of aesthetic treatments and procedures. This includes dermal fillers, chemical peels and mesotherapy. But are chemical peels safe for treating rosacea? And what are the important considerations? Well this is our guide to everything you should know about rosacea and chemical peels.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is an aesthetic treatment that promotes deep rejuvenation through the application of a chemical substance, usually slightly acidic, which is applied to the top layer of the skin, and is then absorbed. This process removes dead skin cells and promotes the healthy growth of new skin cells, leaving your skin fresh and glowing.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a long term skin condition with a range of symptoms, including:

  • Flushing of the face (particularly the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin)
  • Permanent redness
  • Spots (papules and pustules)
  • Burning and stinging sensations
  • Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
  • Inflamed eyelids
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Tenderness

While this skin condition currently has no cure, the symptoms can be reduced and managed through different treatments. Micro-needling is one effective option and chemical peels can potentially be effective too.

So, are chemical peels safe for rosacea?

Low concentration very mild chemical peels can be a very effective option for managing the redness and enlarged blood vessels that are often associated with this condition. A chemical peel can also be used to treat the acne like bumps that rosacea can cause, by exfoliating the top layer of the skin, which is then replaced by new, healthier skin cells.

Are there any problems associated with using chemical peels to treat rosacea?

Chemical peels by design contain acidic substances. For very dry, very sensitive skin, a topical cream may be a better option for your facial skin, as you may not be able to tolerate a chemical peel.

Why is it important to choose a professional aesthetic provider for your chemical peel?

There are a number of reasons why you should choose a professional aesthetic provider for your chemical peel. These reasons include:

  • Meeting the requirements of your skin – If you have rosacea your skin is likely to need more care when using creams and ointments, as well as chemical peels. This means that a DIY chemical peel is not a practical option, as this will be formulated to a generic skin type, and not designed for your requirements. On the other hand, a professional aesthetic provider will use the right peel for your skin and symptoms to ensure the best possible results.
  • Increased safety – chemical peels can be potentially dangerous to any skin type and should always be professionally administered for maximum safety. For any skin condition, including rosacea, this is even more important. A professional aesthetic practitioner will ensure that your chemical peel is applied safely and in line with the individual requirements of your skin and make up. This can help prevent complications and issues from arising.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.

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