Chemical peels are an excellent way to say “out with the old and in with the new” (skin)! These procedures use a chemical solution such as salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid to remove the outer layers of skin, revealing a smoother, more even complexion.
We offer a range of chemical peels, which can help to:
- Improve overall appearance of the skin
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin texture and quality
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars
- Treat sun damage
- Even out areas of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
We offer different types of peels ranging from light, superficial peels to very deep peels designed to have more dramatic results. The type of peel you choose will depend on your skin goals.
After undergoing a chemical peel, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that your skin heals properly and that you get the most out of your treatment. To do this, certain things should be avoided after a chemical peel during the healing process.
Limit Sun Exposure. First and foremost, it is important to avoid direct sunlight for at least two weeks following the procedure. Sun exposure can cause irritation and inflammation of the skin, which can lead to further complications. This is critical any time of year — even in the winter. Did you know that 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can reach the earth even during the coldest months of the year? As a result, we recommend using sunscreen with at least a level 30 sun protection factor (SPF).
Avoid Exfoliating. It is also important to avoid any type of exfoliation for at least two weeks after the procedure as this can cause further irritation and inflammation. This includes using physical exfoliants such as scrubs or brushes, as well as chemical exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), retinols or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).
Avoid Hot Showers. Hot water can also cause irritation and inflammation of the skin, so it is important to take lukewarm showers for at least one week after the procedure. You may also consider adding cooling packs to your skin after your treatment to help reduce inflammation and redness.
Avoid Touching or Picking. After the chemical peel, you should expect your skin to dry out and peel, similar to a sunburn. While it may be very tempting to pick and peel this dry skin, you definitely shouldn’t, as peeling away dead layers or picking at your skin can lead to infection and scarring. We recommend avoiding touching your face as much as possible after your treatment — your hands are a great way to spread germs and cause blemishing.
Avoid Makeup. Makeup should be avoided for at least 24 hours after the procedure as this can cause further irritation and inflammation. If you must wear makeup, we recommend using a mineral-based foundation that is free of fragrances, dyes and oils.
Avoid Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools. Hot tubs and swimming pools should be avoided for at least one week after the procedure as these can contain bacteria that can lead to infection.
Avoid Facial Treatments. It is important to avoid any other facial treatments such as facials, waxing or laser treatments for at least two weeks after the procedure. These cosmetic treatments can cause further irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Avoid Certain Products. After a chemical peel, it is important to avoid certain products that can irritate your skin, such as toners, astringents and exfoliants. We recommend using gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers to help soothe your skin.
Avoid Alcohol. It is important to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure as this can cause further irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Avoid Direct Heat. Avoid direct heat such as saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs for at least one week after the procedure. This can cause further irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Avoid Smoking. Smoking should be avoided for at least 24 hours after the procedure as this can cause further irritation and inflammation of the skin and lead to infection.
What You Should Do After a Chemical Peel
We just gave you the things you shouldn’t do after your chemical peel, but what should you do?
Wear Sunscreen. As we mentioned above, choose a product that has an SPF of at least 30. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA and UVB rays.
Moisturize. Moisturizing your skin is essential after a chemical peel as this helps to soothe and hydrate the skin. We recommend using a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
Stay Hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep your skin hydrated and healthy after a chemical peel. We recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
Take It Easy. After the procedure, it is important to take it easy and avoid any strenuous activities that can cause further irritation and inflammation of the skin.
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