Chemical Peel FAQs

Chemical Peel FAQs

What is the treatment designed to do?

Chemical peels are used for the treatment of sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, acne, and discoloration.

Do I have to use the Post Peel homecare kit?

Your participation in your skin care treatment will determine the outcome. It is important that you strictly adhere to the products from your post peel kit.

Does it hurt?

You may experience some temporary stinging or warm flushing which will fade within a few minutes. Afterwards, skin may appear red and you may experience tightening of the skin which could last several days after the treatment.

How much will I peel?

Flaking typically begins within 48 hours. It is impossible to pre-determine how much peeling will occur. The peeling process will usually subside within 5-7 days.

Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?

The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but rather by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel, or the depth of the peel.

Who is not a good candidate for chemical peels?

Pregnant or nursing mothers, sunburned skin, people with active cold sores, and those who have an allergy to aspirin and salicylates.

What products should not be used prior to chemical peels?

No glycolic products within 48 hours, no retinols within 5 days and no Accutane within 1 year of receiving a chemical peel.

What should I know and avoid after a chemical peel treatment?

Avoid any over the counter or prescribed topical with an active ingredient (Retin-A, Retinol, antibiotics, Hydroquinone, Benzoyl Peroxide, AHA, etc) should not be used 5-7 days post treatment. No tanning in tanning beds or sun exposure 10-14 days after a chemical peel. Wear a broad spectrum, UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. Do not pick or pull at any loose skin. Avoid waxing the face for 5 days after the treatment. Allow skin at least 14 days to heal before doing another Peel, IPL, or any other advanced skin treatment.

How many peels will I need?

Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks until desired results are achieved. To maintain results, maintenance peels can be performed as needed.

What type of treatment is best for me?

The type of treatment, which is right for you, will be determined by you and your aesthetician to provide you with the best results.

Can I exercise or do any body heating activities after a chemical peel?

Any internal heating can cause hyper pigmentation this means: no swimming, hot tubs, sauna, steam rooms or any activities that causes excess perspiration for 48 – 72 hours after a treatment.