Let's Talk: Chemical Peel After Care
𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐄𝐄𝐋 𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐄
After a chemical peel, your skin will likely be red and dry. You may also experience some itchiness, swelling, and discomfort. My skin felt like I had a really bad sunburn, so it stung but wasn’t actually painful. The peeling doesn’t usually start until the third day.
𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝟻 𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦:
𝐃𝐨 𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
Moisturizing is essential during this time but 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘰 𝘪𝘵! A gentle hydrating moisturizer twice a day during your regular skincare routines will be enough. You want the skin to shed and too much moisture on the skin will inhibit that.
Keep a regular day and night skin care routine with gentle cleansers and hydrating moisturizers but avoid any and all exfoliating. You just had the top layer of your skin removed, exfoliating will only irritate or, even worse, scar your skin!
𝐃𝐨 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧
This is 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 after care step because the exposed skin is so sensitive and vulnerable. No matter how gentle the peel is ALWAYS apply and reapply SPF. Avoid going into any direct sun for the first 2-3 days and apply at least an SPF 30, but 50-100 is best.
𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟𝐟
When the dead skin starts to shed, avoid touching, picking or scratching it with your fingers. Let the dead skin shed off naturally, and don’t pull the skin off – using your fingers to remove the dead skin can lead to possible scarring or infection.
𝐃𝐨 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞
Touching the exposed skin after it has peeled with dirty hands could lead to a breakout or infection which you do not want! Keep sweat and hair off of your face to avoid touching the skin. Only touch your face if you are you are washing it, moisturizing it, or applying spf with clean hands.