After a chemical peel, the skin may experience some stinging, burning, redness, tightness, and sensitivity. There may also be some light swelling, superficial flaking, and peeling. These effects will gradually diminish over the course of a week. Occasionally, there is temporary depigmentation of the skin. If you experience unusual discomfort or a change in skin color, please call the office immediately.
To promote the healing process:
- Apply moisturizing cream (non-steroid, non-alpha hydroxy acid) twice a day or as needed until the skin is fully healed
- Avoid products containing alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acids, retinoids, or other potentially irritating topical until the skin returns to its normal condition
- Delay application of make-up on the peeled area if the skin is sensitive
- Avoid the use of abrasive or exfoliating sponges on the area
- Avoid sun exposure, artificial tanning devices, and direct heat sources until the skin is fully healed
- Do not use facial cleansing brushes until the skin is fully healed
- Do not peel, pick, scrape, or scratch the skin
Maintain newly peeled skin using a mild facial cleanser and moisturizing creams, lotions, or gels. Protect during the daytime by using sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Reach out to our team to learn more about chemical peel treatment guidelines.