Chemical Peel Aftercare
Chemical Peels are a safe and effective cosmetic procedure for resurfacing the skin.However, as with all treatments, it’s essential to take special care of your skin before and after the procedure for fast recovery and best results.
Chemical Peel Pre-Treatment Instructions
Following the right pre-treatment instructions ensures that your treatment will go smoothly and helps minimize side effects.
Avoid Accutane in the six months prior to beginning your treatment.
Do not use topical agents that may increase sensitivity of skin such as retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxyl acids, exfoliating masks, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide products 5-7 days prior to your treatment.
Avoid IPL/Laser procedures, unprotected sun exposure, or sunburn for at least 4 weeks prior to your procedure.
No waxing, depilatory creams, or electrolysis to the area being treated for 5-7 days prior.
Do NOT: Pick, Pull, Or Scratch
As your skin begins to peel, it is tempting to pick or pull on any loose or peeling skin. Resist! Touching, picking, or pulling on the peeling skin interrupts your skin’s natural healing cycle. What’s more, you are likely to interfere with the results, increase your chance of infection, and may even cause permanent hyperpigmentation.
Do: Be Gentle
Remember, your skin will be vulnerable and in a very delicate state after your chemical peel. Treat your skin with care and be careful not to be too harsh on your already fragile skin. Do not exfoliate or use a skin-cleansing device. It is also advised that you avoid certain skincare products that may cause further irritation, such as retinols and alpha hydroxyl acids.
Continue to be nice to your skin as it regenerates. Once the peeling has stopped, the newly revealed fresh skin cells are just as delicate and sensitive.
Do: Hydrate in Moderation
As the chemicals start to work, it is only natural that your skin may feel tight, dry, and itchy. This makes it tempting to over hydrate. Don’t! Remember, the whole point of a chemical peel is to let the dull, damaged, and dead skin cells flake and peel away. In order to get the full benefits of a chemical peel, you need to let this process happen in its own time. Instead of over-hydrating, continue to moisturize as you normally would.
Do: Protect Your Skin
Your skin is much more susceptible to sun damage following a chemical peel. If and when possible, do your best to stay out of the sun entirely—especially for the first one to two weeks following your peel. Make sure to apply sun protection in the form of a broad spectrum sun screen every morning and reapply throughout the day as needed. If your skin is left unprotected, there is a higher chance that it will develop blotchy patches and irregular coloring.
If you recently had a chemical peel performed at DC Esthetics, and have a question about the recovery process, please feel free to contact us.