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Pre & Post Chemical Peel Treatment Instructions

Updated: Dec 2, 2021


Chemical Peel Pre-Treatment Instructions

What to expect

  • Procedure time takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

  • It is normal to feel a slight tingling or stinging sensation during the peeling process which takes 3-5 minutes.

  • Skin will immediately feel smoother, but will normally be a little red and irritated in appearance for a few days. It can easily be covered with light foundation and you may resume regular activities.

  • Over the course of 24-48 hours skin will feel tight and occasionally sting if moistened or sweating. Skin may appear dryer initially and it is normal to have a light peeling of the very top layer of skin. A washcloth may be used to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells from these areas. Occasionally areas with acne may bleed slightly and gentle pressure will be needed. About 10% of the time there will be itching which will resolve within a few days of treatment. You may use an over the counter Hydrocortisone cream over irritated areas twice daily or Bacitracin ointment.

  • Over the first 1-2 weeks the skin will be rebuilding collagen and tightening helping to improve the youthful appearance of the skin. Skin will feel smoother and refreshed.

Chemical Peel Post-Treatment Instructions

  • After a chemical peel you can expect to have skin redness, slight weeping, and irritation as the new skin layer is producing collagen and developing a fresh skin layer. Depending on the depth of the peel these skin changes will vary greatly. A superficial peel may produce a slight stinging sensation that will worsen with sweating or when water is applied. A medium depth peel, such as the Perfect Derma Peel, will produce red irritated appearing skin for 1-2 weeks after the peel. Do not worry this is a normal and expected response while the new skin layers are rejuvenating.

  • After a superficial peel you may wash your skin immediately with a mild soap or skin cleanser. If there are any open acne or skin lesions be gentle as slight bleeding may occur.

  • The medium depth peel (Perfect Derma Peel) is self neutralizing and if able it is recommended to leave on for at least 6 hours, but overnight is ideal.

  • An antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin, may be applied to any open or dry areas. Occasionally dry patches will occur and these can be treated by applying an over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone Cream twice daily.

  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol is safe to use if needed.

  • It is recommended to take a multivitamin daily.

  • Skin may be sensitive to sun for up to 2 weeks after a chemical peel.

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