We know how challenging the summer heat can be for keeping your skin healthy and radiant. Normally a chemical peel is a great way to exfoliate the skin and treat troublesome breakouts. Chemical peels are also a great way to keep the skin moisturized and to keep a fresh, youthful glow. These types of treatments are used as part of a skin health regimen because they break up the dead superficial layers of the skin allowing newer and more youthful skin to emerge. Most chemical peels have some type of acid as the active component of the treatment and because of this patients are instructed after a peel to keep cool and keep heat exposure to a minimum for 24 hours after a procedure. However in the summer it's almost impossible to achieve this goal because as soon as you get in the car after your treatment you are in an instant sauna!
Alternatives to full chemical peels in the summer include peel alternatives and daily skin care regimens that use a sunscreen with a minimum spf 20. Some examples of peel alternatives are oxygen facials, detox pore treatments, and therapeutic masks therapies. Therapeutic masks typically have a lighter acid concentration therefore minimizing the amount of acid left on the skin to penetrate into deeper layers if exposed to heat. There are also some at home combination kits that involve physical exfoliation with microdermabrasion which can be more well tolerated in the summer months.