After Care for Chemical Peels
Day 1: Your skin may appear a little red today and will continue to get less red as the day continues. Avoid wearing make-up if possible. Wait at least 4 hours prior to washing your face or if you have no makeup on you may go to sleep without cleansing. Reapply moisturizer frequently and drink a lot of water.
Day 2: Start your post peel instructions. Your skin will continue to feel slightly tight to very tight. The top layers of skin are preparing to slough off. By the end of the day your skin may begin to flake, usually starting between your eyes, around your mouth and nose. Sun damaged spots may turn darker prior to peeling.
Day 3: Your skin may flake, peel and feel tight today. DO NOT PICK THE SKIN at any time because it can cause hypo-pigmented scarring. Use moisturizer more often throughout the day. You must completely avoid the sun during this time and wear SPF more than 30 and wear protective cover anytime you go outside.
Day 4: The majority of peeling takes place between days 3 and 4. Continue with cleansing and moisturizing and drink a lot of water. Some areas will have completely peeled and other areas may have not peeled at all. This is normal.
Day 5, 6 and 7: Your skin may be sensitive or tender for a few days. Continue with the post peel care and avoid sun exposure for the next two weeks.
Day 8: You may resume waxing, tweezing on the eighth day as long as you are no longer peeling. By the end of the second week you should be able to tolerate glycolic, salicylic, vitamin C, and retinol, retinoid products.
Post-Treatment Tips After receiving your chemical peel, you may experience some light flaking in a few localized areas for up to five days and slight redness for one to twelve hours. Although you may or may not actually “peel” during the first one or two treatments, you will probably experience slight exfoliation and your skin will feel tight and pulled.
Do not apply any medications following treatment not recommended by your technician, including AHA/BHA products, Retinol and Vitamin C products.
It is ideal to let the skin stabilize and rest overnight, but makeup can be applied following the treatment if absolutely necessary.
Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat such as hot tub, hot sauna, strenuous exercise. Use your sunscreen with SPF > 30.
Do no pick at or pull on any loosening or exfoliating skin. This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.
Do NOT go to a tanning booth for at least three weeks before or after a treatment.
Discontinue the use of Retin-A®/Renova® or Differin® for seven days after treatment.
Do not have electrolysis, collagen injections, facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately five days after the treatment.
For Two Days Following the Treatment
Do not apply ice or water to the treated areas.
Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray. Do not use Jacuzzis, steam rooms or saunas.
Do not go swimming or participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
Do not use Buff-Puff’s or other means of mechanical exfoliation.
Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area.
Stay cool! Getting heated internally can cause hyperpigmentation.