Chemical Peel Safe During Winter?

i have some scars and acne and the last time i did a chemical peel was 3 months ago. i live in canada and the winter just started so im wondering is it safe to do a chemical right now or should i wait?? because i dont want my skin to get dry and damaged...

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Are peels safe during the winter?

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Winter is a great time to do a peel because it limits your sun exposure, which can increase the risk for damaging your skin. Because your skin tends to be more dry in the winter it is important to use a heavy moisturizer after your peel to protect your new skin during the peeling process. Even though it is winter you still need to be diligent about wearing your sunscreen, although there is less sun it is important to minimize your exposure as much as possible.

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Chemical peels depending on season

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There is no issue with doing chemical peels in the winter, except that the skin is often more dry and irritable in the winter (depending where you are, humidity etc). If your skin is dry or the climate difficult, you'll just need to be better about your skin care routine, and possibly do the peels less often.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Chemical peels during the winter

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It is safe to have chemical peels during the winter.  Although it is not as sunny in Canada during the winter as in the summer, you must still use sun protection, especially if there is snow which reflects sunlight.  Follow your physician's post -peel instructions.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Winter is an excellent time to do a chemical peel

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One of the main concern after a chemical peel is sun exposure.  it follows that winter would be an great time to do a peel.  As you point out, dry skin is more o a concern during winter.  Just make sure you moisturize adequately-- at least 2-4 times daily-- depending on the peel.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist

Chemical peels in winter

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I agree with my colleagues. I think winter is the best time to have chemical peeling done.  There are a variety of types of peels with different intensities.  Usually, acne scarring requires a more a aggressive peel.  Make sure you follow you post peel instructions and you should do well.  Hope this helps.

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD
Colorado Springs Dermatologic Surgeon

Chemical Peeling Safe and Ideal for Winter

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Winter is a great time to do chemical peeling as it is much easier to avoid sun exposure.  Just be careful not to expose your skin to very harsh cold weather either as that can cause irritation as well. Follow your doctor's post-peel skincare instructions religiously and make sure to hydrate and protect the skin if you are going to be out in very cold weather. Good luck!

Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
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Best time of year for a chemical peel

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Chemical peels, especially if they are deeper peels such a  TCA peel are certainly more popular in the winter months.  Depending upon your degree of acne scarring it may be a good choice for your at this point time.  You certainly want to avoid excessive sun exposure during the healing phase to decrease any chances of hyperpigmentation.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Chemical peel in winter

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Winter is probably the best time to have a chemical peel.  After a chemical peel is done, it is important to avoid sun exposure to the treated area, as this can cause pigment changes in the skin.  Since winter normally has less sun, it is considered a good time for a peel. 

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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