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Chemical Peel Pre and Post Care Instructions

Chemical Peel Pre-Care Instructions

  • Avoid sun exposure, waxing, or any other exfoliating facial treatments for seven to 14 days prior treatment.
  • Must not have an active herpes simplex breakout or any other infections or open wounds on the area to be treated.
  • Must not have had any ablative laser treatments within the past month from treatment date.
  • Notify your doctor if you have taken Accutane within the last 12 months, as it may affect your treatment.
  • If you are currently using a retinoid, and your skin is typically flaky or sensitive from use, stop using the product seven days before your peel.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please notify your technician. We have a series of glycolic peels that are safe to use.

Chemical Peel Post-Care Instructions

  • It is recommended to wait four to six hours after the peel has been applied to wash your face.
  • Please avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours after the peel treatment.
  • Men should not shave for two days following treatment.
  • Wash your face gently twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Do not rub, pick, or scrub your face while washing or during the healing process.
  • If irritation or excessive dryness occurs, apply Cicalfate, Aquaphor, or another ointment suggested by Dr. Hooper or Dr. Jackson.
  • During the healing process, if there are any areas of persistent redness, a steroid cream can be applied two to three times a day.
  • Approximately 48 hours after the treatment, your skin will start to peel. This peeling will generally last two to five days. DO NOT PICK OR PULL THE SKIN.
  • It is imperative that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 Broad Spectrum and avoid direct sunlight for one to four weeks.
  • Avoid all sun exposure for two weeks following treatment.
  • You may resume the regular use of Retin-A, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), or bleaching creams after the peeling process is complete.
  • A repeat treatment may be performed monthly depending on the reason for the peel, the strength of the chemical peel, and the results obtained.
  • It is normal to not have any visible peeling. Some people’s skin sheds slower and the flaking may take place over a longer period of time, meaning it is still shedding but not to the visible eye. If you do not have peeling, it does not mean you did not get a result.
We are grateful to be back in the office serving our patients. We continue offering the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and sanitation including: Prescreening phone calls prior to appointments, temperature checks and screening upon arrival, and seeing patients on a limited basis only to minimize occupancy.

The safety of our patients and staff continues to be a top priority. Please call us at 504-895-3376 to schedule an appointment today.
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