Don’t you like those spots you have on your face? Have you tried anti-spending creams to remove them, and they don’t work for you? Looking for an effective treatment to reduce blemishes on your skin? These are just 3 of the hundreds of reasons that exist for a person to decide to have a depigmenting treatment.
If you want to know how to remove blemishes from your skin safely and effectively, I invite you to read to the end.
What is depigmenting treatment, and what is it for?
Depigmenting treatment, also known as facial peeling, is a controlled abrasion procedure on the skin of your face.
It can be done with different acidic chemicals or with lasers. However, the type of application will depend on what the specialist considers the best option to treat the spots on your face.
These spots can be of various types: melasma or cloth, sunspots or freckles from sun exposure, genetic spots, post-acne spots, and residual spots.
The main objective of the facial depigmenting treatment is to help you improve the health of your skin, minimize those unsightly spots, and provide shine and softness, among others.
In addition, facial peeling is also often used for other treatments such as reducing the signs of skin aging, eliminating wrinkles, scars, etc.
Depigmenting treatment: step by step
The first thing to keep in mind is that this treatment can only be performed by a doctor specializing in cosmetology. Since, if not applied in the right way, significant abrasions can be generated in the skin.
Now, the facial peel with depigmenting chemicals will be applied as follows:
Cleansing the face
Do you know how many pollutants there are in the environment? Or how much do you sweat when taking a little walk?
It doesn’t matter if you have a daily cleaning routine or you’ve washed your ostro before you go for treatment.
When you arrive at the consultation, the specialist must perform a chemical cleansing and exfoliation (acidic and enzymatic exfoliants) that helps you eliminate any contamination particles in your skin.
Even if you wear a clean face at home and without makeup, there can always be traces of products, such as sunscreen.
This will ensure that all the chemical compounds you will use in the treatment penetrate correctly into the skin of your face.
On the other hand, you should keep in mind that a good cleaning can last between 7 and 10 minutes.
Once your face is clean, it’s time to start with the chemical compounds.
With 2 cotton discs, apply a mixture of depigmenting serums on the spots on your face. To achieve a better result, the specialist can choose to apply up to 2 layers of this product.
Keep in mind that it is widespread to generate a burning sensation when the chemical comes into contact with your skin. However, this must be tolerable and must disappear after 1 or 2 minutes.
If the burning sensation is excruciating or does not fade, you should notify the doctor at that same time. Remember that each skin is different, and there is a risk of experiencing an allergic reaction to different chemicals.
Cream to remove stains
On top of the depigmenting lotion, you will be placed a special cream to remove stains. This cream will help enhance the effect of chemicals on your skin for better results in a single session.
After application of the cream should let the skin stand for about 3 to 5 minutes.
This small rest is done to ensure that the skin correctly absorbs the treatment applied.
You have more information in this guide about the types of depigmenting creams and the most effective products on the market.
Once your skin is dry, they will apply a mask paste on your face mixed with milk to improve its effect on your complexion.
The reason for adding milk to your mask is because it contains lactic acid. This compound will exert a soothing action on your skin (ideal if you had burning or redness in the previous step) and will help to moisturize you.
Being a mask in a paste with the passing of the minutes will harden. So they will place a small gauze mesh on your face so that the mask adheres and it is easier to remove it.
They will also use a red LED light mask (the color of the LED varies due to its function) to stimulate collagen and elastin formation in your complexion. These cells are important for the good health of your skin and the prevention of signs of aging.
On the other hand, the mask will be on your face for a maximum of 20 minutes.
Tonic to regulate pH
It’s time to take off all your mask, but the treatment isn’t over yet.
The specialist will place a tonic to regulate the pH to take care of your skin and eliminate any remaining masks that may remain.
The tonic will be applied using a lifting massage, with movements in the direction of the muscles of the face from the neck upwards and taps with the fingertips; this will serve not only to ensure that the product is well absorbed but also to massage and relax your face.
Then you will put a cream known as sunscreen, also called blockers or physical protectors, which works as a barrier on your skin that prevents the passage of the sun’s rays.
Why is it better than sunscreen, chemical or organic? Although this hydrates the skin more and does not leave that white captain, it is not a barrier in itself as it is the sunscreen, but this cream absorbs UVA and UVB rays and transforms them into heat, then it does penetrate the skin.
This particular product is used to decrease the risk of a new stain on your face when outdoors.
Hydration and sealing
The last part of the treatment is to moisturize your skin. Keep in mind that, although it feels soft and smooth, you have just gone through an important abrasion process, and you have to take care of it so that it recovers in the best way.
For this step, you will apply a cream with vitamin C and a sealant lotion with hyaluronic acid that keeps on your face all the compounds that have been applied to you.
The good and the bad of depigmenting treatment
You already know the step by step of facial peeling, but what are the advantages or disadvantages of this treatment?
The good thing about depigmenting treatment is:
- It helps you decrease the signs of aging because it activates collagen and elastin in your face.
- The application of vitamins gives an effect of luminosity to the skin.
- Moisturize your skin, making it look much healthier and smoother.
- It helps you remove stains from sun exposure or age.
However, the disadvantages of this chemical treatment are:
- If your skin is very sensitive or dry, it can cause sensitivity or skin allergies that last up to 24 hours.
- If the proper measurements of the depigmenting chemical are not used, you may experience burns that cause scarring on your skin.
- If you do not comply with the rest indicated by the specialist doctor, small lesions can be generated on your face, or the spots on the skin can deepen. The goal is to give your complexion a break from direct exposure to the sun so that it heals properly and no new spots occur.
Depigmenting treatment: frequently asked questions
For me, having a skin treatment is a delicate and important process. So before making an appointment, I make sure to consult with my doctor about everything about it.
If you’re just as curious as I am, then I’ll leave you with some of the most common questions that usually arise regarding facial peeling.
How many sessions should I have to do to remove blemishes from my skin?
It’s impossible to determine how many sessions of depigmenting treatment you’ll need to remove blemishes on your skin. Keep in mind that each person is different, and everyone has a different response to chemicals.
Based on your progress and medical history, the specialist is the only one who can give you this information.
How long does the process of a depigmenting treatment take?
The application of the depigmenting treatment can last about 45 minutes or 2 hours. The time depends on the specialist and the chemical that must be applied to your skin.
How will I feel when I get the depigmenting treatment?
When doing the facial peel, you can experience different sensations such as burning, itching, redness, and inflammation, etc.
What should I do after a depigmenting treatment?
I have already mentioned it several times, but you must be aware that the depigmenting treatment generates an abrasion in your skin, which is why aftercare is so important.
- You have to put on sunscreen at least 2 times a day and avoid (at least for a week) direct exposure to the sun.
- Your doctor may also prohibit you from putting on makeup or exercising for up to a couple of hours after your treatment is over.
The medical indications will vary in each case, but I advise you to follow them to the letter to avoid unnecessary injuries to your skin.
How long will my skin heal after treatment?
Depending on the type of depigmenting treatment, your skin can take between 3 and 10 days to recover. Your doctor will tell you the precautions you should take to help your complexion heal properly.
The depigmenting treatment is an excellent alternative to take care of your skin and eliminate those spots that you do not like. Go ahead and do it! And remember to follow all the indications and recommendations of your specialist doctor.