Can You Have a Chemical Peel While Pregnant?
Discoloration of the skin, acne, and blemishes are commonly experienced during pregnancy due to pregnancy hormones. Typically, skin that is discolored or affected by acne can be treated with the use of a chemical peel which works by removing the outermost layers of skin. However, during pregnancy, chemical peels of the skin are not recommended.
A chemical peel treatment is a procedure that involves the application of a chemical to the face, neck or hands. A predefined chemical solution is applied to the area to be treated to diminish imperfections by peeling away the skin’s top layers. It also stimulates the production of new collagen for a smoother more even complexion.
During pregnancy, the cause of skin discoloration, acne and breakouts, are pregnancy hormones which will continue to stay elevated in the bloodstream until after giving birth. Although there are no known negative side effects associated with chemical peels during pregnancy, if a chemical peel were to be performed, the skin issues would likely return soon after the peel due to the continued presence of the pregnancy hormones. Further, increased sensitivity of the skin during pregnancy can cause additional breakouts from the chemicals used during the facial peel process.
For most women, acne and skin discoloration associated with pregnancy will last only a short while. If, after birth, the skin conditions persist, facial peels can then be used to treat the skin conditions. Typically, cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists will ask postpartum mothers to wait at least one year after giving birth to seek a facial peel. This allows the body enough time to restore normal hormone levels and naturally heal skin conditions.
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