Side effects of chemical peels can vary from peel to peel due to the difference of ingredients, etc. The most common side effects experienced post peels are flaking, peeling, and mild dryness. These are POSITIVE side effects as it demonstrates regeneration of the skin cells to improve the skin. Not all patients will experience the above side effects as it will depend on the peel used and many other factors.
Avoid direct sun exposure for 5-10 days post procedure. This also includes the use of solariums. Physical sun protection is mandatory and must be an SPF of 30.
Waxing and hair removal procedures should be avoided for 7-14 days post procedure. Facial treatments are not advised for a minimum of 14 days post procedure.
No strenuous activity is to be undertaken for 24 hours post procedure. This also includes Bikram Yoga and the use of steam rooms and saunas.
Exfoliating products are not to be used for 3 -5 days or as advised by your clinician.
If you develop any scabbing on the treated area DO NOT pick the skin. Contact your clinician and they will advise you on the correct protocol.
Correct product use post peel procedure is very important to avoid further compromising the skin. This will be discussed with your clinician during your consultation and the correct formulas will be recommended.