Chemical Peel Notes
Please refer to the below contraindications before you consider booking yourself for this treatment as it involves electric modalities. We do not recommend this service if you have any of the below health conditions:
- Has received a resurfacing skin procedure such as laser, light therapy, microdermabrasion or chemical peel within the last two weeks.
- Has received Botox or other injectables within the last week.
- Has used Retin-A within the last 48 hours.
- Has used Isotretinoin (Accutane) in the last six months.
- Has waxed within the last 72 hours.
- Has a contagious skin disease or infection such as an active cold sore.
- Is pregnant or lactating.
- Is going into the sun within 2-3 weeks of having the skin peel.
- Has an allergy to latex.
What Should I Expect After My Chemical Peel?
Side Effects are Common, but They Should be Mild & Short-Lived
There’s a common misconception that chemical peels are really painful or the side effects are severe. Each person will react differently to skin treatments of all kinds, but for the most part, the side effects following chemical peels should be mild and healing should be completed within two weeks.
A common recovery timeline may look like:
- First few hours – you’ll notice some redness, tingling, or burning
- First few days – you may notice some dryness, irritation, and mild swelling
- Two to Three days – your skin may look flaky or peel, and discolorations or imperfections may temporarily be more noticeable
- Three to four days – you may breakout or notice skin looks tan or slightly darker than usual
- Five to seven days – all side effects should start to subside, and your skin should begin to look and feel “normal”
- Seven to fourteen days – you’ll see the formation of healthy, new skin, but you may notice some redness or skin that is darker or lighter than usual for up to a month
Your Skin Will Peel
It is called a peel for a reason. The chemical is applied to peel away the existing layer of skin. After three to five days, you’ll start to see the skin peeling away. This should be similar to how your skin flakes away after a sunburn. You should gently remove the flakes when cleaning your face, but avoid pulling or picking at the peeling skin as this can cause irritation and increase the risk for infection.
One Treatment is Great, but Multiple Chemical Peels Deliver Maximum Results
Many people think they’ll achieve the results they want after just one chemical peel. It usually takes several treatment sessions to see the desired outcomes. You may notice some improvement after your first chemical peel, but with multiple treatments over the span of several months, you will be astonished by how much better your skin looks.
Contact Us if You Have Any Questions or Concerns
While most people have very mild reactions following chemical peels, it’s important to pay close attention throughout your recovery period and let us know right away if you notice signs of infection or have other concerns. This also gives us a chance to check progress and adjust ongoing treatment plans.
You May Need to Skip the Cosmetics for Awhile
For the first 1-2 weeks, you should not use any makeup. Chemicals and other substances in cosmetics can unnecessarily irritate the skin and prolong the healing process.
Adjust Your Skincare Routine & Follow Our Instructions
The body’s natural healing process is the reason chemical peels are so effective at improving skin’s appearance, so it’s essential to allow your skin to heal after treatment. We work with you to plan ahead for your aftercare, including making product recommendations based on skin type for cleansing, moisturizing, promoting cell turnover, and of course, protecting healing skin from sun damage.
The basics include:
- Let the product work – You’ll start to see some dryness and other changes to your skin within the first few hours of application. To allow the product to work and avoid unnecessary skin irritation, you should avoid other skincare for the first 24 hours after your peel.
- Stay hydrated – As your skin is drying out and peeling away, it’s even more important to maintain hydration from the inside out by drinking plenty of water.
- Don’t pick at it – We know the dry, flaky skin is just begging to be pulled off, but try not to scratch, pull, or pick at your skin. This can increase the risk of scarring, and oils and germs transferred from the hands can lead to infection.
- Gently clean skin – After the first day, you should start washing your face in the morning and evening, using cool water and a gentle cleanser.
- Moisturize – Apply moisturizer at least twice a day to promote the healing process and protect the skin.
- Skip the exfoliant – Chemical peels are exfoliating, so you don’t need to use any exfoliant for the first week after treatment. That includes avoiding the use of exfoliating brushes and scrubs as well as cleansers or toners that contain a chemical exfoliant.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen!
Sunscreen is a must every day, but following a chemical peel, sun protection is even more essential. The skin is more sensitive to damage from the sun’s UVA/B rays. You should avoid exposure to the sun immediately after your treatment, and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before going outdoors. Additionally, keeping the treated area physically shielded from the sun by wearing hats, scarves, or other coverings will further protect your skin after your chemical peel.
Avoid High Temperatures & Overexertion
To combat potential side effects like redness, tingling, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, you need to keep your skin cool. That means limiting time outdoors, taking cooler showers or baths, and avoiding overexerting yourself during exercise. In most cases, you can return to your regular routine after the first two weeks.
You Might Break Out
Many clients receive chemical peels to help improve the appearance of acne scars or combat the symptoms of adult acne, so when they hear that they may break out after their chemical peel, it’s upsetting. Unfortunately, the combination of larger amounts of dead skin and inflammation from the procedure can lead to pimples. We know how frustrating it can be, but after this initial breakout, the skin should clear up within just a few days and look healthier.
Be Patient – True Results Take Time
Please remember that changes to the skin take a long time to accumulate, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it takes time to correct irregularities and damage. Cosmetic procedures do not restore youth overnight. The results of your chemical peel treatment plan will depend on the time you invest and your commitment to consistent treatment and at-home care. Be patient. If you’re concerned that a peel hasn’t had the desired effect, contact us or ask about your results during your follow up visit.