Chemical Peel Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t attempt to do a chemical peel yourself.
If done incorrectly Chemical Peels can cause hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and scars. You can find just about anything on the internet these days, however just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. I can go to Home Depot and buy a bag of cement, that doesn’t make me qualified to pave your driveway.
Do go to an experienced skin professional with a successful reputation.
Be sure that the Esthetician or Physician is experienced with the type of peel you are having, and with your specific skin type.
Do precondition your skin.
If you are having a medium or deep peel, you should precondition in advance. Preconditioning usually involves using Tretinoin (Retin-A) and hydroquinone. The Obagi Nu-Derm system is ideal for preconditioning skin for a treatment. Start taking antiviral medications a few days before medium – deep peels, skin trauma can cause herpe blisters on face and lips (cold sores).
Don’t have a chemical peel if..
Don’t have a chemical peel if you are pregnant or on Accutane. Don’t have medium or deep peels on skin with active acne. Superficial peels are generally recommended when treating skin with acne.
Don’t have exfoliating treatments or use exfoliating products until the recommended time, based on the depth of your peel. With medium and deep peels, you should wait at least 6 weeks before exfoliating.
Do follow post treatment instructions.
Use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil, and a mild moisturizer. A hydrocortisone cream and antiseptic compresses may also be recommended. Aquaphor ointment can be used around areas like the mouth to prevent cracking from medium and deep peels. With medium and deep peels you should use a hydroquinone 4% or higher, after peeling has been completed. You may also be instructed to use tretinoin (Retin-A). Post treatment care varies depending on level of peel.
Don’t assist peeling.
Don’t pick, pull or prematurely remove peeling skin. Removing skin prematurely can cause complications including hyper and hypo pigmentation. Removing skin prematurely will also put you at increased risk for infection.
Do wait for skin to peel off on it’s own.
Treat the skin almost as if you are trying to keep the peeling skin on.
Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or concerns.
If you are unclear about your post treatment instructions, or are concerned about your reactions contact your Esthetician.
Do avoid cracking and trauma.
Minimize making facial expressions, sleep on your back and avoid letting the shower hit you in the face.
Don’t expose your skin to heat or UV rays.
Avoid sun exposure and strenuous exercise until peeling is complete.
Do use a mineral powder with SPF.
Most cosmetics are contraindicated to cosmetic procedures, however mineral makeup can be used immediately after most cosmetic procedure. Mineral makeup such Jane Iredale has SPF protection and it is not irritating. Jane Iredale doesn’t contain talc, that can increase skin dryness.
Don’t forget to follow up with skin care professional
Your Esthetician can recommend products and follow up treatments to help enhance and maintain results. If you suspect any complications, contact your Esthetician immediately.
Do have realistic expectations.
If you are having a superficial or medium depth peel, do not expect the same results as a deep peel. Even a deep peel can not replace a facelift, if that’s what you need. It is the patients responsibility to follow post treatment instructions, non compliant patients can expect complications. Expect to peel!
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers chemical peels of all levels.
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