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How thermal water can calm your skin after a chemical peel

Thermal water’s soothing properties make it the ideal solution for post-chemical peel skin. We explain why it helps with the after effects.

How thermal water can calm your skin after a chemical peel

How does thermal water work?

Thermal water
is qualified by its specific mineral content, depending on its journey and history. It offers numerous benefits for the skin such as soothing and fortifying properties.

Vichy Mineralizing Water is characterized by its high mineral content and diversity but also by its buffering capabilities. It has been proven to soothe and reinforce the skin and provide antioxidant defense.
Vichy Mineralizing Water this is the perfect active to reinforce the skin, even in extreme conditions, such as after a peeling.

What does a chemical peel do for skin?

Chemical peels are used to create an injury within the skin at a specific depth to stimulate new skin growth and improve surface texture and appearance.

The process involves applying a chemical agent to the skin, which causes controlled turnover of the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and/or dermis (thickest layer)(1).

everyone should go for skin peels

Dr. Nina Roos, Dermatologist

Peels can be very useful for skin.

In fact, dermatologist Dr. Nina Roos says: “everyone should go for skin peels, especially if you have acne, you smoke and/or have dark spots”.
Her recommendation? “Doing one at least once a month at home or every 6 months with your dermatologist”, she advises.

The treatments offer a powerful exfoliative effect to stimulate epidermal growth as well as collagen activity, while helping to distribute melanin more evenly(2). Your skincare objectives will determine the type of peel you choose.

There are 3 types:

1. Superficial peels
These only penetrate the epidermis (outer layer of skin). They are used to enhance treatment of a variety of conditions, raging from acne, melasma and photodamage. Because of their superficial action, they can be used on most skin types.

2. Medium-depth peels
These peels penetrate the papillary dermis (the uppermost layer of the second layer). These are often used for superficial scars and pigmentary disorders such as sunspots and texture changes. After a medium-depth peel, vigilant sun protection via UVA/UVB SPF is critical to protect your skin(2). 

3. Deep peels
These deeper peels affect the reticular dermis (referring to the denser layer below the papillary dermis). This type of peel is used for severe photoaging, deep wrinkles and scars(2). Like medium-depth peels, diligent sun protection is very important after this procedure.

How can Vichy Mineralizing Water help calm skin after a chemical peel?

After a superficial peel, regeneration of the epidermis is usually expected within 3-5 days.
With medium-depth peels, the healing process is longer, lasting approximately a week.
Deep peels require significant healing time, sometimes 2 months or more(2). Desquamation (shedding of skin) is common for all these peels while epithelialization (new tissue wound healing) is expected with only the deeper ones(2).

Common after-effects of chemical peels include:

  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Heating sensations
  • General discomfort
  • Increased skin sensitivity(3)

This is where Vichy Mineralising Water comes in. Rich in sodium bicarbonate, it also contains very high concentrations of trace elements and has potential buffering activity- which is greater than other mineral waters because of the presence of larger amounts of bicarbonate ions(4) and other minerals.

Proven to counteract these side effects, “it helps to prevent the feeling of burning and itching skin, which can be common after a chemical peel”, explains Dr. Roos. She also explains that given its soothing nature, thermal water allows you to wash and care for your skin. “This is particularly important as using tap or hard water to wash your face after a chemical peel can cause irritation”, she says.

Other things to avoid post-procedure include glycolic acid and retinoids, especially during the desquamation period. It’s highly recommended that you refrain from picking, peeling, scratching, rubbing or scrubbing the skin(5). All of these actions can delay skin healing and cause further problems.

A study that evaluated subjects who underwent a chemical peel
and followed it up with Vichy Thermal Spa Water found that80%experienced a reduction in redness

Redness is proven to be significantly lower after using thermal water. A study that evaluated subjects who underwent a chemical peel and followed it up with Vichy Mineralizing Water found that 80% experienced a reduction in redness and 48% experienced a reduction in discomfort*. So remember: to fully experience the skin benefits of a chemical peel, caring for your skin afterwards is key. 

*clinical test conducted in vitro


1. Khungern, N. 'Standard guidelines of care for chemical peels.' in Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 74 (2008) pp. 5-12 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18688104]
2. Rendon, M.I. et al, 'Evidence and Considerations in the Application of Chemical Peels in Skin Disorders and Aesthetic Resurfacing' in Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 3.7 (2010) pp. 32-43 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921757/]
3. Nikalji, N. et al, 'Complications of Medium Depth and Deep Chemical Peels' in Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery 5.4 (2012) pp. 254-260 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560165/]
4. Anitha, B. 'Prevention of Complications in Chemical Peeling' in Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery 3.3 (2010) pp. 186-188 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3047741/]
5. Poli, F. et al, 'Soothing effect of Vichy thermal spa water after glycolic acid peelings: a clinical randomized study'
6. Barolet, D. et al, 'Beneficial effects of spraying low mineral content thermal spring water after fractional photothermolysis in patients with dermal melasma.' in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 8.2 (2009) pp. 114-8 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19527335]

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