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Chemical Peels: Do's and Don'ts

Topics: Services, Skin Care


Why get a chemical peel?  

Chemical peels are designed to superficially exfoliate your skin, which promotes reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, minor scars, acne, stretch marks, sun damage and discoloration. It helps our skin look more youthful, pliable, smooth and even. Typically, multiple treatments are required to achieve your desired results.

The winter months are an ideal time for getting a chemical peel. Before undergoing a chemical peel, it is important to understand the do’s and don'ts of preparing your skin and guidelines to follow after your treatment.

5 to 7 days before your peel

The following products and ingredients should be discontinued:

  • Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac or any other products containing Retinol
  • Vitamin A, Salicylic acid, glycolic acid or Benzyl Peroxide
  • Any exfoliating or scrubbing products
  • No electrolysis, waxing, depilatory creams or laser hair removal
    • If you shave, do so 3 day before your peel and wait 10-12 days after

After Your Peel

It is crucial to the health of your skin and the success of your peel that these guidelines are followed as much as possible.  

  • Wear sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher and try to avoid direct sunlight for at least a week
  • Avoid picking or pulling the skin that is flaking and peeling
  • Use a hydrating moisturizer in the morning and at night
  • Use a gentle cleanser that does not contain soap, exfoliating or scrubbing beads
  • Do not use a washcloth, scrubbing brush or an electric brush
  • Do not have additional in-office treatment to the area treated for at least one week after your chemical peel or until your skin is no longer sensitive
  • You may resume the use of Retin-A, AHA, BHA, prescription topicals, exfoliating products, or bleaching creams 7 - 12 days after your chemical peel

Depending on your level of chemical peel, mild to deep, the time line for recovery will vary. The more educated you are about your skin and chemical peels, the more prepared you will be.

It is possible that adverse side effects may occur. Although rare, the following have been known to occur in some individuals: breakouts or acne, rash, dark spots, itching, swelling, bruising or burning. If any of these reactions occurs, contact your provider immediately.

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