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Pre & Post Care Instructions for Chemical Peels

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 Pre Care 

One week before your chemical peel avoid these products and/or procedures:

  • Waxing    

  • Depilatory Creams     

  • Laser Hair Removal

  • Patients who have had BOTOX® injections should wait until full effect of their treatment is seen before receiving a chemical peel

Two to three days before your chemical peel avoid these products and/or procedures:

  • Any exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating

  • Patients who have had medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures (e.g. laser therapy, surgical procedures, cosmetic filler, microdermabrasion, etc) should wait until skin sensitivity completely resolves before receiving a chemical peel

  • Any products containing retinol, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), or benzoyl peroxide

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 Post Care 

  • Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided for the first 48.

  • Direct sun exposure is to be completely avoided immediately following the treatment (including strong UV light exposure and tanning beds). If some exposure cannot be avoided, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. If it is not already, sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher should become a part of your daily routine.

  • Cleanse your face with tepid water and a mild cleanser at least once daily.

  • Gently moisturize your face at least once daily.

  • Do NOT apply any type of glycolic acid or exfoliation products as this can severely damage and irritate the skin during the entire healing process.

  • Do NOT peel, rub, or scratch your skin at any time. This WILL cause damage and can cause scarring.

  • Avoid chlorine for 24 hours.

  • If you experience painful areas, contact your esthetician, especially if you are prone to cold sores. Any blisters that form must be reported immediately.