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How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels are a great way to improve clarity, tone and skin texture.  This skincare treatment will enhance skin glow and radiance and restore a more youthful appearance. Visible improvement is possible after one treatment with optimal results after a series of six treatments in conjunction with a  home care routine. The renewal process stimulates collagen production, lightens pigmentation, acne, and melasma. 

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Chemical Peel Follow-Up Care and Instructions

Two days post- chemical peel procedure:

  • Following a chemical peel, stay cool! Heating internally can cause hyperpigmentation.

  • Following a chemical peel, do not put the treated area directly into a hot shower spray.
  • Following a chemical peel, do not use hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas.
  • Following a chemical peel, do not go swimming.
  • Following a chemical peel, do not participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
  • Following a chemical peel, do not use loofahs or other means of mechanical exfoliation.
  • Following a chemical peel, do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area.
  • Following a chemical peel, do not apply ice or ice water to the treated area.

Additional Information and Precautions Following A Chemical Peel Skincare Treatment

After receiving a peel treatment, you should not necessarily expect to 'peel'. However, light flaking in a few localized areas for several days is typical. Most patients who undergo these treatments have residual redness for approximately one to twelve hours post-procedure.

As with all peels and treatments, it is recommended that makeup not be applied the day of treatment, as it is ideal to allow the skin to stabilize and rest overnight; however, powder makeup may be applied 15 minutes after the treatment if desired.

If the skin feels tight, apply a mild, exfoliant-free, fragrance-free, dye-free moisturizer.

Moisturizer should be applied at least twice a day but can be applied more frequently for hydration and to decrease the appearance of flaking.

It is recommended that other topical, over-the-counter medications or alpha hydroxy acid products not be applied to the skin seven days post procedure, as they may cause irritation.

It is recommended to delay use of tretinoin, Retin-A®, Differin®, Renova®, Tazorac®, Avage® EpiDuo™ or Ziana® five days post-procedure. Consult your physician before temporarily discontinuing use of any prescription medications.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat

  • Reapply sunscreen EVERY TWO HOURS

  • Remember, the sun is at it's strongest from 10am-3pm

  • Wear a hat in addition to your SPF

Do not go to a tanning bed for at least two weeks post-procedure. This practice should be discontinued due to the increased risk of skin cancer and signs of aging.

Do not pick or pull on any loosening or peeling skin. This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.

Do not have electrolysis, facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately five days.

What Can I Expect Following A Chemical Peel?

​​Possible light peeling is expected for the next 4-6 days as layers of dead skin cells are shedding, only to reveal beautiful, smooth skin.  Most of our peels work at a cellular level, meaning very little peeling is actually visible on the skin's surface. We have found that most peeling starts on day 2 or 3 and will last for 3-4 days. You may also experience tightness and some mild sensitivity during this time.