The Skin Renewal Process

Peeling usually lasts 3-7 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, or dermabrasion;however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days.

The main goal of a chemical peel/dermabrasion is to “burn” or “take off”the damaged skin. When the dead skin starts to shed, avoid touching, picking or scratching it with your fingers. Let the dead skin shed off naturally. Don’t peel the skin off with your own fingers. Using fingers to remove the dead skin can lead to possible scarring.Help avoid touching the face and prevent breakouts by pulling the hair back off the face with a hair band or hair tie. Allow the skin to go through its naturally peeling process without accidentally contacting your skin while brushing back your hair.

Touching the skin with dirty fingers and hands will only agitate the new skin and may lead to breakouts. If breakouts do occur, don’t treat them yourself. Have your aesthetician treat them for you or just leave them alone.After receiving a chemical peel,or dermabrasion the skin will be sensitive. You do not want to use the same products or follow the same regimen as usual after treatment. The only three products you’ll want to use on your skin during the peeling process are sunscreen aloe vera and moisturizer. No alcohol products. Use a neutral moisturizer such as Aquaphor for the first couple days after treatment and then switch to a moisturizer like epidermal repair or aloe vera,for the rest of the peeling or healing process. When applying the moisturizer to the skin, be careful not to rub,stretch or scrub. Gently apply a thick layer of moisturizer all over the skin multiple times throughout the day, if needed. You’ll be able to go back to your regular skincare routine once the peeling process is complete, generally within a week of receiving the chemical peel or dermabrasion.

You’ve just gone through the process of getting rid of damaged skin with a chemical peel or dermabrasion . Avoid damaging the new, vulnerable skin coming through by protecting it with a layer of sunscreen anytime exposure to the sun is possible. Whether sitting by a window or being outside, you need to protect your new skin. Be sure to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Do not remove any of the dry, dead skin with any sort of exfoliation during the peeling process. All facial scrubs, acids and Clarisonic Cleansing Brushes are off limits until the skin stops shedding, usually up to a week after treatment.It’s also a good idea to let people around you know that you just received a chemical peel,dermabrasion. Your skin will take about 4 to 7 days to completely peel depending on the strength of the peel or treatment you received. Receiving a body, chest or arm peel often takes longer (up to 3 weeks).

Please do not exfoliate using a cleansing brush or any facial scrub or acid based products for two weeks. Please do not use any products that contain AHA, Glycolic, Retin-A or any acne medication until your skin is finished peeling (usually 7 days and possibly longer). Please keep your skin well hydrated by drinking at least three 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Please refrain from waxing, tanning, or using sunbeds for three weeks. Avoid working out and sweating for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours. If your skin becomes itchy at any time, you may use a 1% hydrocortisone cream (any brand). Please call with any questions or concerns. Tell your friends etc, that you had it done so they won’t think something is up with you and your skin. Not only that, your friends can admire your new. Refreshed and glowing skin once the peel is complete!

Want to see if you’re a perfect candidate for a chemical peel? We recommend visiting one of our experts for a complimentary consultation to discover if a chemical peel or dermabrasion would be the right treatment for you.