To Peel or Not to Peel? That is the question.
A question I am often asked is, “Can I combine dermaplaning with chemical peels?”
The answer is yes and no.
Dermaplaning prior to a performing a peel (chemical exfoliation) is a great way to prep the skin for a deeper and more even peel.
If the client is new to your office or spa it’s best to proceed with caution. Get to know her skin and how she reacts to each treatment separately before you combine them.
A 60-minute dermaplaning facial is a great first treatment, since that alone will keep most clients coming back every 4 weeks. This will allow you to test her sensitivity to dermaplaning and the products you are using on your backbar. Schedule her next appointment for a chemical peel 2-4 weeks later.
Follow up with your client after each treatment to check for sensitivities, unexpected reactions, amount of peeling, redness, treatment satisfaction, etc.
Once you have established a baseline for each treatment, they may be combined. You’ll find that following dermaplaning, the peel solution will reach clinical end points sooner. Client sensitivity to peel solution will increase, so you’ll need less time on tissue. Be prepared to neutralize sooner. For layered peels, you’ll need fewer layers. Due to increased penetration, your client may experience more peeling than with prior peels of the same strength. Be sure to use the 1-10 heat scale during the peel application process with a maximum heat level of 6.
Again, proper followup it vital. Call her the next day to answer questions and assure her that you are available if she needs anything. You want to share in your client’s experience as it’s happening.
Your more sensitive clients will benefit from doing a chemical peel every other month rather than combining them. Alternating chemical peel treatments with dermaplaning facials that include enzymes and masks will allow your client will experience more enjoyable treatments and cumulative anti-aging results that she will love.
The combination of dermaplaning and chemical peels is a great treatment but it’s not for every client. Get to know your client skin and expectations before proceeding. Remember, a happy client is a loyal client who refers friends, family and coworkers.
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