Chemical peels are a great way to exfoliate and refresh the skin. As the name suggests, chemical peels are a technique used to improve and smooth the skin by removing the outermost layer of skin over the course of a few days. Chemical peels should be applied by an esthetician and involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This process helps improve skin texture, reduce fine lines, and treat issues like sun damage or acne scars by promoting new skin growth. There are various types of chemical peels, ranging from superficial to deep, each addressing specific skin concerns.
Adrienne, our How to be a Redhead co-founder and natural redhead, is a big fan of chemical peels. Many redheads think chemical peels are too harsh for redheads, but she says it is not true. To get the low down, we asked Adrienne what it is she likes about chemical peels and what her experience has been. We also talked about some of the downsides of chemical peels for redheads:
Q: How often do you get a chemical peel?
A: Every 4-5 months.
Q: Why do you enjoy chemical peels?
A: I love how I have baby-soft skin after the peeling ends. I also love the clean surface it gives my skin. I am a redhead with very little freckles, but I love how the chemical peel takes away any extra pigmentation/skin damage I have (from the summer sun, for example), and it keeps my skin looking the way it did when I was a teenager. At 36 years old, I feel like my skin looks way younger than my age and I owe it to the chemical peels and my morning/night skincare routine.
Q: Most redheads have sensitive skin, is that a problem for you when getting a chemical peel?
A: I feel like the chemical peels have made my skin less sensitive — I used to break out in a second whenever I tried a product my skin didn’t like. But I find that my frequent chemical peels actually prevents my sensitive redhead skin from having acne. Whenever I get a pimple, I know it’s time for my next chemical peel. I’ve learned from my esthetician that a buildup of dead skin cells can clog your pores. Dead skin makes your pores more likely to break open, allowing acne-causing bacteria deeper into the skin.
Q: Are there any downsides you’ve experienced to getting chemical peels?
A: The downside is the downtime when you get higher levels of chemical peels. I get a medium-high version of the chemical peels because I am used to it, but I started with the lower levels for many years. I really cannot leave the house for 2-3 days because the skin peeling can be severe. But beauty is pain and I am here for the great results.
Want to know more about chemical peels? Read Chemical Peel Treatment 101: The Basics for Redheads
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