43-year-young A-list beauty Jennifer Aniston knows what it takes to have a complexion that glows. "I did this thing called, like, a peel," she recently told talk show host Conan O'Brien. Jen went on to describe the aftermath of the procedure as somewhat less than appealing. "You don't realize you look like a battered burn victim for a week," she noted, calling the eight day molting period "horrifying," though taking a somewhat jovial tone.Beauty takes time for some harsher treatments.
Men and women have long gone to extremes to achieve red carpet-worthy skin, but battered burn victim? Not quite. We look to a similar circumstance, reviewed by Zeel Expert Dr. Jody Levine, to determine whether the Wanderlust star's reaction was normal or just plain old hype.
"There are different types of facial peels, and the results and healing process differ based on the type of peel administered," begins Dr. Levine. "Glycolic peels stimulate new growth of skin and collagen by decreasing the bond that holds dead skin cells on the surface," she adds. "This allows dead cells to be removed gradually, leaving behind a layer of smoother and softer skin."
Because the goal of a glycolic peel is to start off at a lesser intensity, gradually building strength to avoid any peeling or swelling, dramatic shedding is unlikely. However, there are other kinds of facial peels, including the laser peel (which is what Jennifer received) and TCA peels, which are deeper and more aggressive, and are typically used to address more serious skin concerns.
Peels can be useful for the correction of sun damage, hyperpigmentation and fine lines, tightening and firming the facial skin. With strong treatments such as the TCA peel and perhaps laser peels as well, redness and minor swelling for one to two weeks is common.