Rosacea is an incurable inflammatory skin condition that can affect people of any skin tones. The key to preventing and minimizing flare-ups is to avoid triggers, and for years many people thought that treatments like a chemical peel were a triggering no-go for those with rosacea. However, at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, we often provide chemical peels to those with rosacea. The treatment is not inherently contraindicated for this condition , but there are some things you need to know.
Obviously, you want to enjoy the same beauty treatments as everyone else to get clear, glowing skin. The general rule of thumb with rosacea is to avoid over-exfoliating. The chronic state of rosacea means that your skin barrier is compromised, so an easy “fix” some people do is avoid exfoliation entirely. Chemical peels range in severity from mild to aggressive, but are clearly more of an exfoliant than an at-home scrub. However, there is a big difference between a chemical peel and your tube of exfoliating cream: Chemicals peels should be performed by a professional in an office setting.
The Difference a Professional Touch Makes
Of course, there are some rosacea patients who should avoid chemical peels. Everyone is different, so if you have rosacea and are considering any kind of treatment, then a consultation is necessary. For a lot of people, a gentle peel can actually help in managing the condition and can pair well with other treatments. The trick is getting matched with the right peel and to be treated under the right conditions.
It’s estimated that about 10 percent of people have rosacea. It can present in different ways and there are also different types of rosacea. One of the most common types presents as “just” redness while the other is dubbed “acne rosacea.” A less prevalent sort causes a thickening of the skin, and then there is even ocular (eye) rosacea. Within this type of rosacea, you might experience different degrees of severity throughout your life. There is also the fact that you can have more than one type of rosacea at a time. Some of the most common rosacea symptoms include flushing, bumps/pimples, sensitive skin, a burning sensation, visible blood vessels, and sore eyelids. With so many types and symptoms of rosacea, obviously working with a pro is critical.
What a Peeling
There are more types of chemical peels than there are types of rosacea. During a treatment, your provider applies a solution comprised of acids in varying pH levels directly to the treatment site. Depending on the type of peel and the depth it reaches, you can expect all different types of aftercare. At our clinic, every provider is personally trained by Zuzana Likar to the highest of standards so you can rest easy knowing you’re in great hands.
The goal of a chemical peel is exfoliation, improvement of skin tone, and to reveal younger-looking skin. There is no particular peel that is best for those with rosacea, but a superficial peel with a low pH is what you will need. This ensures that only the very top layer of skin is removed, which is usually comprised of only dead skin and no more. When the right peel is used, it can help to keep breakouts and redness in check while minimizing inflammation. However, a chemical peel alone isn’t enough to manage your rosacea. It should be part of an overarching plan.
Chemical Peels + You
For those with rosacea, a light peel every 4 – 8 weeks is enough. Most people with rosacea need a series of treatments to establish a foundation of healthy skin. Then, maintenance sessions every 6 – 12 months are recommended. If you’re new to chemical peels, right now is a great time to get started on that initial regimen. Sun can both trigger rosacea and interfere with chemical peel recovery, so cooler months like those in autumn are usually recommended for peels and other resurfacing treatments.
Remember that if you have rosacea, skin is already compromised. If you use acid too much, the skin won’t be able to heal and repair itself. Too many peels, too harsh a treatment, and of course, a DIY approach can enhance inflammation, worsen itching, and not allow the skin to heal. Plus, additional issues could arise, such as hyperpigmentation and acne.
What Else Works?
Lasers can also be an effective tool for managing rosacea, but should not be used at the same time as a chemical peel. You can try either during different months of the year to see what works best for you.
However, the BEST way to manage rosacea overall is to connect with a skin care professional. Contact Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care today by calling the office or completing the online contact form.