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Chemical Peels Pre and Post Treatment Instructions

Pre-Treatment Instructions

1.Avoid sun exposure 2 weeks prior to treatment, sunburned/tanned skin cannot be treated.

2.Do not bleach, wax, tweeze or use depilatory creams in treatment area for 3 days prior to treatment

3. Discontinue use of retinoid (Retin A, Tazorac, Differin, etc) and Hydroquinone products 3 days prior to treatment

4. Discontinue use of 10% or higher AHA, Glycolic Acids, and exfoliants 3 days prior to peel

5. If you have a history of perioral herpes, advise office so you may begin prophylactic antiviral therapy the day before treatment

6. Schedule your appointment at a time when minor swelling or peeling will not disrupt your social obligations

Day of Treatment Instructions

1. Omit lotions, creams, make up or deodorant in area to be treated AND arrive with clean washed skin

2. Inform provider of any changes in medical history and of all medications you are taking

Post- Treatment Instructions

1. Redness might be present (and may last up to several hours) after peel

2. Use Tylenol only as needed for any soreness

3. Swelling might occur after treatment for 3-5 days

4. Peeling may start 3-5 days after the treatment, do not pick or scratch at treated skin but instead keep moisturized

5.Eat fresh pineapple to optimize healing

6. Avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24-48 hours

7. Treat skin gently: washing with a mild cleanser, cool water, no scrubs and pat dry no earlier than 4 hours after peel

8. May use cool compress after 4 hours if excessive discomfort, burning, redness, or swelling

9. Follow post peel instruction sheet with products if included in peel

10. Avoid sun exposure if possible and use a minimum of SPF 30 daily and every 2 hours if outdoors



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