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Chemical Peel Pre- and Post-Procedure Instructions

Chemical Peel Pre- and Post-Procedure Instructions

A professional chemical peel is one of the most effective anti-aging and skin-revitalizing treatments available. At North Texas MedSpa, we offer The Perfect Derma Peel and Skinceuticals Chemical Peel.

They smooth your skin’s texture, treat and prevent acne, reduce the visibility of scarring, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage, and improve fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, they are safe and effective for all skin types and tones.

Best of all, they can do all that in as little as one treatment!

To get the most out of your chemical peel and avoid any unwanted side effects, please follow all pre- and post-care instructions.

Pre-Procedure Instructions for Professional Chemical Peels

  • Avoid sun exposure for 1 week before your treatment. Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen every day, both before and after treatment.
  • Do not use harsh exfoliants for 1 week before your appointment.
  • Refrain from hair removal treatments, including shaving, waxing, and Laser Hair Removal, for 1 week before your chemical peel.
  • Discontinue use of Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, and Tretinoin-type products (Renova, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Tri-Luma, Solage, etc.) for at least 2-3 days before treatment.
  • If you develop a cold sore, acne, or open lesions in the treatment area or become sick before your appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. We will assess the situation and possibly reschedule your appointment for a later date.

Post-Procedure Instructions for Professional Chemical Peels

  • Refrain from applying makeup on the day of your chemical peel.
  • We don’t recommend using wet ice or ice packs for 24 hours after your treatment. However, if your skin feels uncomfortable, you may gently apply a dry, cold compress.
  • Discontinue use of Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, and Tretinoin-type products (Renova, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Tri-Luma, Solage, etc.) for at least 3 days after treatment.
  • Avoid excessive heat, hot showers, and vigorous activity for the first 2-3 days. Heat can increase inflammation and redness.
  • Do not swim or use saunas or hot tubs for the first three days.
  • Refrain from using harsh exfoliants, scrubs, or loofahs for 3-7 after your chemical peel.
  • Do not pick, pull, tweeze, or scratch peeling skin. This can lead to pulling skin that isn’t loose, causing potential infections, scarring, or hyperpigmentation.
  • Avoid activities that cause you to sweat until you have stopped peeling. Sweat can get trapped under the top layer of loosening skin, leading to premature lifting and peeling, which can cause scarring.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure, tanning, or self-tanners for at least 2 weeks. Wear SPF 30+ every day.

Aftercare for Professional Chemical Peels

After a professional chemical peel, your skin will be more sensitive and fragile. This is normal. However, it may change the way you typically care for your skin.

  • Gently cleanse your skin with cool water using only your fingers or a soft cloth for 5-10 days after your treatment. Avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients or added fragrances. Look for mild, pH-balanced cleansers suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Apply moisturizer twice a day after your treatment. As with cleansers, avoid harsh ingredients, such as retinoids and acids, that can dry or irritate sensitive skin. If you are unsure what to use, please ask your technician for recommendations on cleansers or moisturizers.
  • Be patient and let your face peel naturally. The full cycle of peeling and healing typically takes 7-10 days.
  • If you are prone to cold sores, a chemical peel may stimulate an outbreak. Before your appointment, talk to your healthcare provider or technician about prophylactic treatment.

What to Expect After a Professional Chemical Peel

As mentioned above, your skin may feel more sensitive after your chemical peel. It will also likely be pinkish-red, tingly, and may burn. Any discomfort typically goes away within a day or two.

Within a few days, your skin may feel dry or slightly swollen. This is a normal process as the top layer of skin prepares for sloughing.

As your skin starts to flake and peel, typically within 3-4 days, you may notice discoloration or more apparent blemishes. If you struggle with acne, you may experience a breakout during the flaking and peeling process.

You mustn’t pull or pick at your skin during the peeling and healing process.

Most breakouts and discoloration resolve once your skin has stopped peeling within 7-14 days to reveal healthier, clearer skin. However, some people may notice slightly darker or lighter skin for up to a month.

Please call our office at (817) 581-4354 during regular business hours if you have ANY questions or concerns.

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