Post Chemical Peel Protocol

How to get the best peel effect?

  • For 7-12 days after the peel, clean the skin with warm water using the mild liquid cleanser.
  • Use fingertips (not a washcloth) since the skin is very sensitive at this time.
  • Avoid the use of abrasive or exfoliating sponges.
  • After cleansing, pat dry with a paper towel, and then apply a moisturizer to keep the exfoliating skin soft and the new skin protected.
  • Keep it moist each day with a moisturizer.
  • Don’t peel, pick or scratch the exfoliating skin.
  • Advil, Nuprin or Ibuprofen 200 mg may be taken to refuse swelling and discomfort, if needed.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds. Sunlight on the skin after a peel can cause brown discoloration of the new skin.
  • A sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should be applied every morning before going outdoors.
  • Daily sunscreen use should continue indefinitely to prevent new photo damage from occurring.
  • For a minimum of one month after the peel, don’t have hair removed by any technique. It can cause severe irritation of the skin.
  • Make-up application may be resumed one week after the peel, provided there is no crusting or tenderness.