What to do after a chemical peel?
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Chemical peels, in particular, Jessners peel is one of my absolute favourite acne treatments. I have them myself quite frequently to help to reduce my own acne and treat the scar tissue that my years of picking at pimples have left behind. It's not uncommon for you to come in for a treatment and see my looking a lot like a lizard shedding its skin. Trust me its worth the week of looking like the walking dead. This is the basic aftercare sheet that I give outpost peel. I hope it helps with planning your new skin journey.
To maximize the recovery time and results of your chemical peel, it is important to follow all post-procedure instructions below:
Keep the new skin clean and moisturized
Cold compresses may be used as necessary (I usually wrap an ice pack in cling wrap to make it more sterile and use that)
Use of a gentle cleanser only. Only benign (bland) moisturizers should be used. Such as Cetaphil & QV. (PUT AWAY THE MEDICATED FACE WASH)
Mineral makeup ONLY for the first 24 hours after the peel.
It is important to avoid irritating the treated skin with harsh chemicals, rubbing or tanning (including spray tans) for one week. No exfoliation products for 3-7 days.
Cetaphil moisturiser is a fantastic product to use post-treatment. Apply moisturiser liberally and frequently until completely healed. This product is also particularly effective if you find any irritation or itchiness during the healing process as it offers immediate relief.
DO NOT scratch, pick, pull or abrade the treated skin. You WILL scar or pigment yourself & these scars or pigment may end up being permanent.
You may peel for up to 14 days post-treatment or not at all. Each case is individual & dependent on a number of factors: Preparation, type of peel, skin condition & aftercare.
NO SUNBURN! This is imperative! You can not only risk the outcome of your treatment but can also cause much greater damage to the skin than you normally would. This is new, fresh skin. Much like a baby’s skin & you need to protect it accordingly.
Use (minimum) SPF 15 sunscreen DAILY after your treatment, regardless if you are planning to be in the sun or not. Be mindful that some sunscreens containing chemicals may be too harsh for your skin and you may react to them as a result. (IF IT STINGS PUT IT AWAY)
Do not use glycolic, alpha hydroxyl (AHA), beta hydroxy (BHA), retinol, benzoyl peroxide or topical acne medications for 24-48 hours following treatment. You may resume prescription Vitamin A (retinoid) products) 3 - 7 days after your treatment or as instructed by your dermal clinician (ME). If you are receiving a series of treatments, do not resume any of these products until after you have completed your last treatment.