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Following a Chemical Peel: 10 Dos and Don'ts

Sep 6

You just came out from your chemical peeling session from facials near you. Your skin is now slightly red and feels raw. Whether you want to address fine wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, or other skin issues, chemical peels are incredibly successful at getting your skin in shape. However, to assist your skin recovery and to get the most out of the chemical peel, it's crucial to take care of your face during the healing process. Here are some suggestions for taking care of your skin after a chemical peel.


Use SPF liberally and be sun smart.

Let's go to the point: avoid the sun, and use plenty of SPF. After a peel, your face is sensitive since so many layers of skin have been removed. Additionally, the newly exposed skin following a peel will be especially susceptible to damaging solar rays. Therefore, it requires more care than ever. When you're out and about and unable to stay in the shade, make up for it by using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Use it for at least six weeks after getting a peel, but it should always be a crucial part of your regular skincare routine.

Use only soap-free cleaners.

Now is the time to get a soap-free cleanser if your current one isn't. Since your skin will undoubtedly feel sensitive after a chemical peel, soap-free face washes are both kind on sensitive skin and aren't overly drying. In addition, the natural oils in soap remove the skin; after a peel, the skin has already been peeled enough to feel tight and dry.

Wash with lukewarm water.

After a chemical peel, your skin could feel a little sensitive, and using hot water on it might feel painful because it can inflame the newly exposed skin. So instead, use chilly water to wash your face for a calming, gentle option for your skin's healing process. But always remember to pat, not rub, your skin dry afterwards!

Maximize your moisturizing

To keep dry skin hydrated and to replenish some moisture, apply a moisturizer. Your moisturizer should not contain any harsh chemicals or skin irritants that could aggravate your already sensitive skin, such as acids and acne treatments. Additionally, they have to be water-based because moisturizers with a lot of water feel good and light on the skin. Finally, the peeling process will be prolonged by moisturizing because softer skin won't flake off as rapidly.

Remember, the practitioner is always the best.

The most remarkable advice for chemical peel aftercare is undoubtedly this one. After a peel, it's excellent practice (as usual) to pay attention to your practitioner and take their recommendations. They will be able to provide you with specific advice on how to care for your skin after a chemical peel that is appropriate for your skin type and the chemical peel you had. They might even give you a specific moisturizer or gel to aid healing.

Please refrain from poking, plucking, or peeling.

In the same way, you should stop using a facial scrub. It would be best if you stopped picking or pealing loose skin (I know, it's hard!). This might be more difficult than the exfoliator prohibition. However, preventing the skin from naturally shedding can result in bleeding and scarring, which is unquestionably worse than any momentary flaking.

Allow your skin to breathe.

The focus of effective chemical peel aftercare is recovery. Wait 1-2 weeks before starting another skincare treatment to give your skin time to heal. But as always, heed your doctor's guidance in this matter.


So, there we are! Seven dos and don'ts to keep in mind after chemical peel treatment. Here at River District Aesthetics, we always recommend that you consult with our team of professionals to see what kind of peel is best for your skin type.