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Before After Skin Peel

Skin peels are a common treatment for skin rejuvenation. They can be done at home or in a medical office, and they help to promote healthy skin, minimize wrinkles and scars, and improve the look of acne scars.

Skin peel was done with 50% glycolic acid, which is a chemical exfoliant that is applied to the surface of the skin to remove dead skin cells and reveal new skin. Glycolic acid peels can be done with varying levels of concentration, from 10% to 70%. The concentration used depends on your skin type and desired results.

The process involves being cleansed (I chose not to have mine pre-cleansed), then having an application of the peel solution put on my face with a cotton swab. I was instructed to keep my eyes closed for about 20 minutes while it processed. During that time I could feel my face tingling slightly and tightening.

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Before After Skin Peel Review

 get a chemical peel. Before considering a chemical peel, it’s best to have a consultation  to ensure that you are a good candidate for this treatment. If you are lactating, pregnant or think you may be pregnant, chemical peels are contraindicated. . For those of you who are on autoimmune therapies or products, we caution against the use of these medications for 2 days prior to treatment. It is important that you speak to your specialist regarding pausing the use of autoimmune therapies or products for 2 days. It is also extremely important to inform the doctor or the skincare professional of any medication or ingredient allergies you have.

Pre Chemical Peel: 

  • Discontinue use of tanning beds at  least two weeks prior to a chemical peel. In fact, we advise that you stop using tanning beds altogether because they increase your risk of skin cancer and accelerate visible signs of aging.
  •  Avoid extensive sun exposure, especially in the 10 days prior to your scheduled chemical peel.
  • No facial waxing for 7 days prior to treatment.
  • For those of you who are on an acne treatment regimen, you need to stop the use of stop the use of Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo or Ziana five days prior to treatment.
  • If you are using Retinol products, stop the use of Retin-A (retinol) products or applications for 7-10 days prior to a chemical peel. High percentage alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) products should be stopped five days before treatment.
  • Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily (at least SPF 30 or higher) and avoid the gym 24 hours prior to a chemical peel.
  • Do not use aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (ex. Advil) for at least 7-10 days prior to a chemical peel.

Post Chemical Peel

Once you have undergone your chemical peel, expect to see some changes with your skin prior to getting your final results. Just as there are some instructions you should follow before your chemical peel there are instructions you should follow after your chemical peel to ensure the best possible results

  • On post peel day 3, you may experience mild to moderate shedding depending on the depth of chemical peel, the number of layers applied and depth of the chemical peel. There can be dryness and tightness of the skin. Flaking and peeling three days post peel is not uncommon, unless you had a superficial peel. Superficial peels have little to no downtime, so you may not experience shedding.
  • You may develop small whiteheads, but please note that this IS NOT A BREAKOUT.
  • If you have a lighter skin complexion, you may notice mild redness after a chemical peel.
  • Do not peel or pick at the peeling skin. You must allow the skin to flake off naturally. Picking at the peeling skin can cause hyperpigmentation.
  • To minimize the side effects of the peel, please use the post procedure kit provided by the doctor or skincare professional for 3-5 days or until flaking has stopped.
  • Do not apply ice or water to the areas that have been treated. Also, avoid applying makeup on the day of your treatment because the skin needs time to stabilize and rest.
  • For the first 48 hours after your chemical peel, do not participate in activities that increase body heat and sweat, such as drinking alcohol, exercise/working out, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, hot shower spray, swimming or directing a hair dryer to the treatment area. Internal heating can cause hyperpigmentation.
  • Golden Rule: Make sure that you are also avoiding direct sun exposure and excessive heat. Continue to use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher just as you were prior to your peel.
  • Make sure to keep your skin well hydrated with a protective moisturizer. Apply it twice daily or more often if needed to reduce the appearance of flaking.
  • For five days after your chemical peel, do not have electrolysis, facial waxing or use depilatories.
  • Avoid using retinols and glycolic acids for 10 days post peel. 
  • Do not use scrubs, loofahs, exfoliating sponges or other means of mechanical exfoliation on your face for 7-10 days.
  • Do not go to a tanning bed for at least two weeks post procedure.
  • If you are on an acne regimen, delay the use of tretinoin, Retin-A, Differin, Renova, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, or Ziana 5 days post procedure. However, it is fine to resume using a vitamin C serum five days after your treatment.
  • It is extremely important that you DO NOT have another chemical peel until your clinician advises you to. 
  • If you notice increased redness, increased hyperpigmentation or crusting of the skin, contact your doctor or skincare professional.
    Now that you have some information on pre and post chemical peel care, you are now ready for peel season.

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