Skin Care Do’s and Don’ts Following Chemical Peels

If you’ve tried a few more conservative treatment formats without the results you’re looking for, a chemical peel might be the next best choice for you when it comes to smoothing your skin and reducing lines or wrinkles. These treatments are also known to help diminish scarring and pigmentation issues.

At Beauty Now Laser & Skin Aesthetics, we have multiple chemical peel systems available for you to choose from. We also take a holistic approach with our chemical peel clients, working with you to develop a skincare routine that will maintain your results instead of reverting you back to the habits that caused skin damage in the first place. With this in mind, let’s go over some of the vital do’s and don’ts following a chemical peel procedure.

chemical peel dos and donts

Chemical Peel Do’s:

Some areas to prioritize in the days and weeks after a chemical peel include:

  • Skin products: The word of the day here is “soothing.” You want light, healing products that keep the skin smooth and moist.
  • Moisturizer: Keep the skin moist at all times. Moisturizers also contain antioxidants, which are vital to post-peel recovery due to the increased free radical production in the skin.
  • Low-stress approach: For about a week after your peel, just take it easy on your skin in general. Change you washcloth to a soft baby cloth if you use one, and only use warm water (not hot, as this will aggravate the skin). Avoid deep lotions or any other penetrating treatments that might interfere.
  • Sun exposure: You can go in the sun after a chemical peel, but keep in mind that the skin is more vulnerable. Use high-SPF sunscreen if you’ll have any prolonged exposure, which you should limit to begin with. We offer a range of high-quality, non-irritative sunscreens. Ask our experts for a recommendation.
  • Skin lightener: In extremely rare cases, chemical peels will lead to pigmentation issues where you develop brown spots. If this happens to you, a skin lightener can help reverse these effects.

Chemical Peel Don’ts:

  • Overdo it: Keeping the skin moist and flush with antioxidants is important following a chemical peel. But there’s such thing as too much of a good thing here – if you’re literally quadrupling your normal usage, you could disrupt the actual peel process itself.
  • Exfoliate: There’s a temptation after a chemical peel to self-exfoliate, but you should resist this. The skin will shed itself naturally, and adding scrubs or acids to the equation won’t help.
  • Picking: How are you going to get healthier skin if you’re picking at it all the time? Again, the skin will come off naturally when it’s ready to – picking at it just makes it uneven and unsightly.

For more on what to do and what not to do following a chemical peel procedure, or to learn about any of our medical spa services, speak to the pros at Beauty Now Laser & Skin Aesthetics today.