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Pre-Treatment Instructions | Chemical Peel

Pre-Chemical Peel Instructions

  • Avoid using any alpha hydroxy acid products (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or salicylic acid products for 72 hours before your chemical peel.
  • If you use Accutane, discontinue for a year prior to your chemical peel
  • Avoid retinol, tretinoin cream (Retin-A)
  • Avoid waxing, electrolysis, masks, scrubs, exfoliants, tweezing, injections, microdermabrasion, and the use of loofah or any products that may be drying or irritating.
  • Do not shave your face the day of your chemical peel.
  • If you have open lesions, active cold sores, facial dermatitis, or facial irruption you are not a good candidate for the chemical peel until after it has completely healed.
  • Avoid sun exposure a week prior. NO sunburns or suntans.

Post-Chemical Peel Instructions

  • Avoid any aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity for the first 48 hours after treatment. Heat will drive the chemical peel in further and will cause the peel to drive deeper into the skin. This can result in burns.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater at all times for at least a week after your chemical peel. It is recommended that you continue to use these products to help protect your skin and maintain the benefits of your chemical peel, even after one week post-treatment.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure. Too much sun exposure may cause improper healing and in some cases reverse the benefits of your chemical peel.
  • Treat your skin gently. DO NOT exfoliate. Though you may experience mildly red, dry, or flaking skin for several days or more after your chemical peel.
  • Do not pick or pull at peeling skin. The dead skin will naturally slough off.
  • Avoid alpha and beta-hydroxy acid products, retinoids, retinols, and facial products containing fragrance for a week post-treatment.
  • Consult with your Aesthetician on when it is safe to go back to your normal skin care routine.
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