• Discontinue use of tanning beds, direct, extensive UV exposure and self-tanners at least two weeks prior to a chemical peel. It’s advised that you stop using tanning beds altogether because they increase your risk of skin cancer and accelerate visible signs of aging.
  • No facial waxing or threading 7 days prior to treatment.
  • If you are using Tretinoin or Retinol products, stop the use for 7-10 days prior to your chemical peel. High percentage alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) products should be stopped five days before treatment.
  • Always apply a broad spectrum physical SPF daily (at least SPF 30 or higher)
  • Avoid the gym 24 hours prior to a chemical peel.
  • Do not use aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (ex. Advil) for at least 7-10 days prior to a chemical peel.

AFTER YOUR CHEMICAL PEEL: It is crucial to the health of your skin and the success of your peel that these guidelines be followed:

  • If retinoic acid is used as part of your treatment, your skin will have a light-yellow tinge immediately after the procedure. This is temporary and will fade in 1 to 2 hours. IT is recommended that you wait 4 hours after your peel before washing your face, however if you should choose to wash it sooner, please wait until after the yellow tinge completely disappears (1 to 2 hours).
  • It is imperative that you use a mineral sunscreen (Zinc Oxide) with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid direct sunlight for at least 1 week following the peel.
  • Patients with hypersensitivity to the sun should take extra precautions to guard against exposure immediately following the procedure as they may be more sensitive. Wear a hat.
  • Your skin may be more red than usual for 2 to 3 days. Please avoid strenuous exercise during this time.
  • Approximately 48 hours after the treatment your skin will start to peel. This peeling will generally last 2 to 5 days.
  • When washing your face, do not scrub. Use a gentle cleanser.
  • Apply a light moisturizer or Alastin Nectar, twice daily to relieve dryness and tightness.
  • Do not have any other facial treatment for at least 1 week after your peel.
  • You may resume the regular Retin-A, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) products or bleaching creams ONLY after the peeling process is complete.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (561) 498-4407

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