Refrain from these activities within 5-7 days prior to your treatment:
Do not have another treatment, unless recommended. Avoid any irritants to your skin, including retinoids and retinol, glycolic and salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, astringents and Vitamin C.
Do not wax, tweeze or use depilatory creams.
Do not tan.
If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant, consider a peel alternative such as MicroCrystal Microdermabrasion or our Oxygen Peel/Treament.
Continue to use other skin care products, including hydroquinone.
No Botox, collagen, or other dermal filler injections for 1-2 weeks prior to a peel.
Chemical peels cannot typically be applied to skin being treated with prescription drugs, especially Accutane.
Your compliance to your pre and post peel instructions will greatly affect the outcome of your treatment.
Day 1: Your skin may appear a little red today and will continue to get less red as the day continues. Refrain from wearing make-up unless your practitioner has applied an appropriate mineral makeup for you. Wait at least 4 hours prior to washing your face or if you have no makeup on you may go to sleep without cleansing. Reapply ReBalance as needed.
Day 2: Start your post peel kit and/or instructions. Always stick with the post treatment care that is recommended by the same company as your peel. It is imperative to getting your best results. Your skin will continue to feel slightly tight to very tight. The top layers of skin are preparing to slough off. By the end of the day your skin may begin to flake, usually starting between your eyes, around your mouth and nose. Sun damaged spots may turn darker prior to peeling. DO NOT PEEL THE SKIN. If any area is irritated, PCA provides a soothing cream in your post peel kit that will address that.
Day 3: Your skin may flake, peel and feel tight today. DO NOT peel the skin at any time. If you were to peel skin that is not ready to come off, you can cause hypo-pigmented scarring. Today, and tomorrow you will probably want to avoid making any social plans if you did a deep peel. Begin using a strong hydrating cream and use it often through-out the day. You must completely avoid the sun during this time by wearing 30 SPF or higher and a hat anytime you go outdoors.
Day 4: The majority of peeling takes place between days 3 and 4 with medium/deep Peels. Continue with cleansing twice a day and moisturizing 2-3+ times a day with gentle products, jojoba oil, or the post peel system by ordering before treatment. Some areas will have completely peeled and other areas may have not peeled at all. This is normal.
Day 5, 6 and 7: Your skin may be sensitive or tender for a few days. Continue with the post peel kit and avoid sun exposure for the next two weeks. Day 8: You may resume waxing, tweezing on the eighth day as long as you are no longer peeling. By the end of the second week you should be able to tolerate glycolic, salicylic, vitamin C, and retinol, retinoid products. If you had an advanced peel, you may notice your skin is slightly pink.
After receiving your chemical peel, you may experience some light flaking in a few localized areas for up to five days and slight redness for one to twelve hours. Although you may or may not actually "peel" during the first one or two treatments, you will probably experience slight exfoliation and your skin will feel tight and pulled.
Patients should always follow the Home Care Regimen sheet provided by their technician, but the following post-treatment tips are also recommended to maximize the benefits to your skin:
- Do not apply any medications following treatment not recommended by your technician, including AHA products.
- It is ideal to let the skin stabilize and rest overnight, but makeup can be applied following the treatment if absolutely necessary.
- Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat. Use your daily sunscreen protection.
- Do no pick at or pull on any loosening or exfoliating skin. This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.
- Do NOT go to a tanning booth (ever!) for at least three weeks before or after a treatment.
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A®/Renova® or Differin® for seven days after treatment.
- Do not have electrolysis, collagen injections, facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately five days after the treatment.
- Do not schedule another treatment until your technician advises you to do so.
For Two Days Following
Use gentle products.
- Do not apply ice or water to the treated areas.
- Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray. Do not use Jacuzzis, steam rooms or saunas.
- Do not go swimming or participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
- Do not use Buff-Puff’s or other means of mechanical exfoliation.
- Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area.
- Stay cool! Getting heated internally can cause hyperpigmentation.