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Why Sunscreen is crucial after a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a popular skincare treatment that involves the use of strong acids to exfoliate the outer layer of skin, revealing smoother, brighter, and more even-looking skin. However, chemical peels can leave the skin more vulnerable to damage from the sun's UV rays, making sunscreen a crucial part of post-peel care.


As a skin therapist, it's important to prioritise the health and safety of your clients. That's why it's crucial to educate our clients about the importance of using sunscreen after a chemical peel treatment and to refuse to perform a chemical peel on clients who refuse to wear sunscreen.


Tania performing a chemical peel at Tania's Beauty and Academy

Why is sunscreen crucial after a chemical peel treatment?


Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layer of skin, which contains dead skin cells and impurities. This exfoliation process stimulates the skin's natural renewal process, leading to the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

However, the new skin that emerges after a chemical peel is more vulnerable to damage from the sun's UV rays. UV rays can cause sunburn, hyperpigmentation, premature aging, and even increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Sun exposure can also undo all the benefits of a chemical peel treatment and compromise the results.


That's why it's crucial to use sunscreen after a chemical peel treatment. Sunscreen acts as a protective barrier between the skin and the sun's harmful UV rays. It helps to prevent sun damage and protect the skin's newly exposed layer from further damage.




What happens if a client refuses to wear sunscreen after a chemical peel treatment?


As a skin therapist, it's my responsibility to ensure that my clients understand the importance of using sunscreen after a chemical peel treatment. If a client refuses to wear sunscreen, it's important to educate them about the potential risks of sun exposure and the importance of protecting their skin.

If a client continues to refuse to wear sunscreen, it may be necessary to delay or even refuse the chemical peel treatment. Performing a chemical peel on a client who refuses to wear sunscreen not only puts their health at risk but also compromises the results of the treatment.


In addition, as a skin therapist, I have a duty to practice within the scope of my training and expertise. Performing a chemical peel on a client who refuses to wear sunscreen goes against the principles of responsible and ethical skincare practice.


Final thoughts


Chemical peels can be a powerful tool for achieving smoother, brighter, and more even-looking skin. However, post-peel care is crucial, and sunscreen is an essential part of that care. As a skin therapist, it's important to educate my clients about the importance of using sunscreen after a chemical peel treatment and to refuse to perform a chemical peel on clients who refuse to wear sunscreen. By prioritizing my clients' health and safety, I can help them achieve the best possible results from their chemical peel treatments.



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