What to do After Your Chemical Peel

May 19, 2021 | Skin Care

The chemical peels performed by North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic cause little to no discomfort and require minimal downtime. However, because the outermost layers of your skin are removed, there chemical-peel are a few things you should do for 5 to 10 days after this treatment.

Gently Cleanse Your Skin

Use a gentle cleanser as recommended by your aesthetician to keep your face clean. Do not scrub your face for several days after your peel.

Avoid Activities that Could Cause You to Perspire

You can return to almost all of your normal activities after a chemical peel. However, you should avoid activities like exercising or going in a hot tub that would cause your body to heat up and perspire for at least 24-48 hours. Otherwise, your skin could become inflamed or breakout.

Leave Flaking Skin Alone

You may see some flaking of skin after your chemical peel. Do not try to remove the skin by picking at it or manually peeling your skin.

Stay Out of the Sun

Chemical peels help address sun damage, freckling, and hyper-pigmentation. But if you expose your skin to the sun right after your peel, you can undo its effects. Your skin will be extra-sensitive and make you more prone to sunburn. Stay indoors as much as possible for several days and use a moisturizer with SPF 50 daily.

Do Not Put Acidic Products on Your Face

If you normally use retinol or glycolic acid-based products, you should discontinue their use for at least five days after your chemical peel. Your aesthetician will recommend what products should and should not be used while your skin heels.

Redness or swelling is common after a chemical peel. Do not hesitate to call North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic at (480) 448-0918 if you have redness, swelling, or discomfort that lasts for more than 24 hours after your peel.