Chemical Peel Information
You may not be a good candidate for this treatment if you have any of the following conditions. Please contact the office or your provider if you are unsure if you should have this treatment performed.
- History of COVID vaccine in the past 2 weeks or plan on getting it in the following 2 weeks after treatment
- If you have a history of COLD SORES, please make sure your provider is aware of this ahead of time. You may require a prescription medication prior to your appointment in order to decrease the risk of recurrence.
- History of keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, bleeding disorders, active bacterial or fungal infection Impaired immune system, or are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
- History of facial filler treatment in the past 2 weeks
- Accutane within the last 6 months
- Use of tanning bed, self-tanning products or recent sunburn in the last two weeks
What to expect
The chemical peel solution may cause a stinging/heat sensation that will resolve within a few minutes. You may notice a “whitening” effect to the skin just before it begins to turn red from the peel solution. This is normal. You may feel the stinging and burning sensation for some time after application of the peel, usually only a matter of a few minutes.
Not all chemical peels cause visible peeling of the skin. Benefits from a chemical peel result from the changes that take place on a cellular level and are not a result of peeling skin.
Temporary skin dehydration ranging from mild dryness to slight crusting may occur for the first few days following your peel. Some temporary discoloration may also occur. Visible peeling of the skin may occur on day 3-4 following the peel and should be complete by day 7-9. This will reveal pink, ‘new’ skin for up to two weeks following the peel. This new skin is likely to be sensitive and should be treated with care and protected from the sun at all times.
Upon completion of your peel, it is recommended to wear a UV protective hat or clothing over the areas treated to avoid any UV exposure to your freshly peeled skin. This is recommended for at least 14 days. Try and AVOID sun exposure at all costs. This includes tanning bed.
- Do not wear make-up the day of your peel.
- Avoid exercise and extreme temperatures for 24 hours following your peel. This includes hot/cold shower, sauna/steam room, hot blow dryer directed to the treated area.
- You can cleanse your skin with warm water using a mild cleanser. Use your fingertips or Dew Puff ONLY to cleanse your skin. Do not use a washcloth. Follow with gentle moisturizer and sunscreen. Our Post Treatment Lineup contains products free of dyes/fragrances/parabens/dimethicone. It’s the perfect post procedure skincare to ensure a smooth and easy recovery.
- Do NOT peel, scratch, pick or rub the treated skin even if you feel that it itches - use a mild over the counter hydrocortisone cream if necessary for the itching. The itching is a normal part of the healing process, and it will resolve, but If you scratch at it, you may induce a wound that can lead to discoloration or infection. If itching is severe, you can take 25 mg Benadryl at night.
- Do NOT use abrasive scrubs, cleansers or cloths on your skin for the next 10-14 days.
- Do NOT schedule an appointment for airbrush or spray-on tanning to the area treated by the peel for at least 2 weeks post-treatment to insure the area is healed.
- A physical SPF (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide containing) should be applied in the morning and frequently throughout the day when necessary. It is best NOT to expose the peeled areas at all, by wearing a hat or protective clothing that can shield the newly peeled skin from the sun. Our Perfect Powder is the perfect SPF pairing for peeling skin and beyond.
- You must continue to use a daily sunscreen for 2 months after your peel to ensure the highest level of improvement and lowest incidence of any sun exposure resulting in discoloration.
- Do NOT apply and retinoids, benzoyl peroxides, glycolic or beta hydroxy acids to your skin for 7-10 days.
- Do NOT undergo any laser hair removal, waxing, microdermabrasion or facial treatments for 1 month after your peel.
- Contact the provider IMMEDIATELY for any infection, abnormal signs or symptoms such as discharge, blisters, pus formation, swelling, out of control pain, or adverse events so that you can be evaluated immediately and any necessary care may be given.
- You may return to your pre-peel skincare routine once the skin feels back to baseline anytime around day 7-14.
**If you think that you are having a bad reaction to the peel, contact the office or your provider. In the case of an emergency, go to the closest Emergency Room for evaluation and treatment.
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