It’s time to go to the doctor.
The time to call your dermatologist.
And the time to start a facial cream regimen, says Dr. Michael Sussman, director of dermatology at Dr. Andrew G. Smith University Medical Center in New York City.
“It’s a time when we can make sure we’re doing everything we can to control acne,” he says.
So, how can you use a gel peel to treat acne?
Dr. Sussmann says it’s easy: Use a gel-based peel for as little as five minutes daily.
The peel’s unique shape, texture, and effectiveness will help it remove impurities from your skin.
When you do a gel skin peel, you’re also able to get a clearer picture of the underlying skin problems.
But the peel’s benefits also go beyond its cosmetic purpose.
“The best use is to remove dead skin cells and dead cells and skin-pigments,” Dr. Nelba says.
“A lot of the time, we don’t even know what the underlying issues are.”
So how can this gel peel work for me?
Dr Nelbaum says a gel can work by acting as a natural barrier.
It’ll help prevent the buildup of dead skin cell and pigments and can even help with acne.
Dr. Jollibee says the peel can be used alone or combined with other products to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
The best way to use a topical gel peel, Dr. Smith says, is to apply it directly to the skin, rather than on the face.
“This is what dermatologists are looking for when they ask you to apply a topical peel,” he explains.
“They want to be sure that they’re getting enough coverage.
They want to know that the peel is helping.”
Dr. Koehler adds that she uses a gel to treat dryness on her hands.
“I’m not sure if this helps with acne,” she says, “but it does seem to help.”
What about using gel masks?
It’s hard to say what’s more important: to be able to control the appearance of acne or to get enough skin-massaging benefit?
Dr Sussmans, a dermatologist, says that using a gel mask as your primary treatment for acne isn’t necessarily a bad idea.
“There are a lot of factors that come into play,” he notes.
“When we think about acne, the skin is the first thing we look at.”
The skin contains more than a million proteins and peptides, including oil glands and collagen, and it’s a big part of the process that makes your skin look healthy and youthful.
“What we do know is that the amount of oil that goes into a skin product is related to how much of it is in the skin,” Dr Suddersons says.
And while it’s important to keep a good seal around your face, Dr Sooklabs suggests that you don’t need a mask when you’re out in the sun.
“Most people don’t have enough time in the day to really get their hands dirty,” he points out.
And even if you do, Dr Jollabs says you should always wear a mask.
“You can put your face in the sunlight and see the difference,” he adds.
“If you’re in the office, or you’re using your computer, then you don [still] have to wear a face mask.”
You can also get a facial gel mask if you have a sensitive or acne-prone skin.
“These masks are great to apply to a dry, irritated, or acne prone area, which is the area that you need to be getting the most benefit,” Dr Jollsabs says.
Dr Nelsbaum says she uses gel masks when she’s feeling tired or have a flare-up of pimples.
“In the past, when I was doing a lot with acne, I would do a lot on my face, so I had a lot to worry about,” she explains.
But now, she says she’s using a mask daily to treat pimples on the sides of her face.
What about moisturizing?
Dr Jollybums says that gel masks are really good at moisturizing.
“As with the gel peel and mask, a lot can be done with a gel,” she adds.
Dr Joller’s cream is formulated to be moisturizing, but not oily.
“That’s what moisturizers are for,” she notes.
But it’s still important to avoid using too much gel to achieve the same level of hydration as the peel.
“But you have to be very careful not to apply too much to your face and to your hair,” Dr Nellasb says.
You can even mix gel and mask together,