Chemical Peel Instructions
A chemical peel can treat almost all skin types and conditions, and chemical peels are safe for those with dark skin tones. Freshen up your face and give it a boost!
Before Chemical Peel Instructions
- Clients with a history of herpes must pre-medicate with Valtrex.
- Clients with active cold sores or warts, wounded or sunburned skin is contraindicated.
- Clients with a history of allergies, rashes or other skin reactions may be sensitive to treatment.
- Clients with allergies to salicylates (i.e., aspirin) or shellfish may be allergic to certain peels.
- Clients that have taken Accutane or received Chemotherapy or radiation therapy within the past year should receive prior authorization from their physician.
- Clients with Vitiligo should not receive chemical peels.
- Clients with a history of auto-immune disease or any condition that weakens the immune system should check with their physician before receiving a peel.
- Stopping Retin-A aka “Tretinoin, Tazorac, Differin, Triluma, Renova” to name a few, two days before peel appointment is optimal.
- If you just had BOTOX or injectable fillers (i.e. Juvederm, Radiesse), it is perfectly fine to have a peel immediately after. If you choose to have Microdermabrasion with the peel, it is best to wait a few days before getting your treatment. It is fine to have a peel or Microdermabrasion before BOTOX and/or injectable filler.
- Wait a week before or after having facial hair removal (waxing/laser hair removal/electrolysis, and depilatory creams).
- If you need brows and upper lip waxed, it can be done at the same time as your peel. Just make sure you let us know before the treatment begins.
- Advise skin care specialist of any skin conditions (i.e.: Psoriasis, Ezcema, Rosacea). Yes, you can have a peel if you have Rosacea. There are special peels for this condition.
- If you have a special event, like a wedding, do not receive any kind of facial or peel treatments for two weeks prior to this engagement.
After Chemical Peel Instructions
- Immediately following peel take extra precaution to guard against exposure to sun. This means 30 SPF and large brimmed hat (not a visor or baseball cap).
- First night, do not wash face at all.
- Days 2 through 6 avoid harsh cleansers, scrubs, Clarisonic (or any other scrubbing brushes), washcloths, Retin-A, AHAs, or Benzoyl Peroxide.
- Pat skin dry/do not rub.
- DO NOT PICK OR PULL THE SKIN, as scarring and hyperpigmentation (brown spots) can occur.
- Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream over treated areas to minimize redness, itching, irritation and hyperpigmentation (optional). If you have a darker skin tone, this is not optional.
- Detailed, customized instructions are provided to you on the appropriate skin care products to be used during the healing process. Your normal products may not be appropriate for post-peel care and it’s important to follow the customized product recommendations we provide in order to maximize results and ensure proper healing.
- It is safe to wear makeup the same day depending on the level of peel. Aggressive peels, avoid makeup for 3 days.
- Avoid strenuous exercise (i.e.: Hot Yoga) with aggressive peels, the toxins and salts in sweat can get trapped under newly peeled skin and cause irritation.
- Do not have any other facial treatments/procedures for at least one week after peel or until flaking stops.
- NOTE: Everyone will not experience peeling of their facial skin. However, this is not an indication that the peel was ineffective. If peeling does not occur please know that you are still receiving all the benefits of the peel, such as: stimulation of collagen production, improvement of skin tone and texture, and diminished fine lines and pigmentation.