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Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by in Acne, Chemical Peel, Cosmetic Treatments, Skin Care, Skin Conditions

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that patients avail themselves of today. Chemical peels can give your skin a healthy, “just refreshed” look, or can be aggressive, taking years off of your appearance.

Day One:

Your skin may appear red or pink in color and feel like you have a sunburn.  You will leave the office with an SPF 30 on.  Avoid direct sun.  Outdoor activities and exercise should be limited as a raise in body temperature can add to the sensation of the “burning” feeling.  Gently cleanse your skin at bedtime with a mild cleanser (Cetaphil is a good one) and if needed, a light moisturizer.  DO NOT use any retinoids, facial scrubs, exfoliants, or harsh cleansers.

Day two:

Your skin may have a tightness to it – and possibly some redness.  Brown areas that were treated may appear darker.  Some people report looking more wrinkled.  Continue using a SPF 30 as you avoid direct sun.  Continue cleansing gently and discontinue the use of active ingredient products – retin a, glycolic washes…

Days three, four and five:

Chemical peel for sun damage skin

Professional medical grade chemical peels dramatically promote cell renewal, resulting in smoother, tighter skin. It reduces surface bacteria, resulting in fewer acne breakouts, brightens the skin and lightens brown spots, reduces acne scars.

Typically, this is the day your skin will start to shed.  Everyone’s complexion is different and the flaking can range from mild (dry skin) to more intense (like a sunburn peel).  You can peel for up to three to four days.  Some people will not peel until the fourth or fifth day if they have very resistant skin.  This is normal.  DO NOT pick at the shedding skin.  Doing so can possibly cause hyperpigmentation (more brown spots!).  Continue to avoid direct sun and use gentle cleansers and SPF 30 during the day and a light moisturizer, if needed, at night.


Chemical peeling is a simple, safe and cost-effective office procedure.

Chemical peeling is a simple, safe and cost-effective office procedure.

If at any time you are unsure of anything, please contact me at Abrams Dermatology.  After you peel, you should have an over clarity of the skin, creating a smooth, glowing appearance.  Remember, when treating complexion issues such as acne or hyperpigmentation and fine lines, more than one peel is necessary.  Most chemical peels provide the best results when performed in a series of three.

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