Chemical peels are typically used to restore a youthful, vibrant appearance to wrinkled, blotchy, sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels help to reduce acne scars, improve skin texture, and reduce the effects of sun damage.
Before having a chemical peel, be sure to give your skin therapist an accurate account of any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you use regularly. You should not have a chemcial peel treatments if you are presently using (or have used within the last year) isotretinoin (Accutane), Retin-A, Acyclovir or tranquilizers. If you have had facial surgical procedures, piercings, tattoos, permanent cosmetics, or other chemical peels or skin treatments, this needs to be disclosed to your skin therapist.
After having a chemical peel treatment, it is important to follow the below recommended home care:
- Cleanse your face AM and PM with water and a mild product such as our Facial Cleansing Gelée or Fresh Facial Bath.
- Gently moisturize your face using your recommended daily moisturizer or Skin Recovery Créme a minimum of 2 times per day.
- Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided for the first 48 hours after your treatment.
- Direct sunlight exposure is to be completely avoided immediately following the treatment (including any strong UV light exposure and tanning beds). If some sun exposure cannot be avoided, first apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater as your skin will become more sensitive to the sun as a result of this treatment. Sunscreen should always be a part of your daily skin care regimen.
- DO NOT apply any type of glycolic acid or exfoliation products as this can severely damage or irritate the skin during the entire healing process.
- DO NOT peel, rub, or scratch your skin at anytime, whatsoever. This WILL cause damage and compromise your results as well as possibly cause severe scarring.
If you experience painful areas of the face, contact your skin care therapist immediately, especially if you are prone to cold sores. Any blisters that form will need to be reported immediately.
In the event that you may have additional questions or concerns regarding your treatment or suggested home products/post-treatment care, you must consult your therapist immediately.