Your doctor or skin specialist will give you instructions on how to care for your skin immediately after the procedure, such as how soon you may wash your face after the chemical peel and what products to apply. Be sure to follow these instructions.
Superficial chemical peels from PCA Skin may require very little following the procedure. Your skin specialist may even allow you to apply makeup 15 minutes after the procedure to cover up skin flaking or redness.
Within the first 2 days of your procedure, you should avoid:
- hot showers, baths, and other hot steam
- hair dryers near the treated area
- activities that result in a lot of sweating
- exfoliating the treated skin
- icing or heating the treated area
You should avoid direct sun exposure in the 1 or 2 weeks following the peel. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and don’t use a tanning bed within 2 weeks.
Delay other skin treatments near the affected area for 5 or more days.
You should also use any products following the procedure as recommended by your skin specialist. They’ll determine the most effective combination of products for your skin type. This may include a gentle skin cleanser and a noncomedogenic moisturizer and sunscreen.
Discuss medications you take with your skin specialist to ensure your safety and reduce the chance of a reaction following your procedure.