Why did I break out after vitalize peel?
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Breaking out after a peel
Hello, and thank you for your question! Peels work by removing dead cells from the surface of the skin, promoting something called "cell turnover". Unfortunately, it is this same process of "sloughing" that leads to clogged pores, which in turn can lead to breakouts. Therefore, peels and breakouts can often be linked.While it is not uncommon for people to have a breakout immediately after they received a peel, it is also not a guarantee that they will have a breakout after subsequent peels. My personal opinion is that the long-term benefits of having regular chemical peels outweighs the occasional acne flare that can result from their use. However, every person should make this choice themselves. If you do decide to have more peels in the future, you can reduce (although not eliminate) the odds of having an acne flare by prepping your skin well with the regular use of alpha-hydroxy acids (such as glycolic or salicylic) in the weeks before your peel. Good luck!
Peels and Acne Breakouts
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