Chemical Peels: Do's and Don'ts


Chem­i­cal peels are designed to super­fi­cial­ly exfo­li­ate your skin, which pro­motes reduc­tion of fine lines and wrin­kles, minor scars, acne, stretch marks, sun dam­age and dis­col­oration. It helps our skin look more youth­ful, pli­able, smooth and even. Typ­i­cal­ly, mul­ti­ple treat­ments are required to achieve your desired results.

The win­ter months are an ide­al time for get­ting a chem­i­cal peel. Before under­go­ing a chem­i­cal peel, it is impor­tant to under­stand the do’s and don’ts of prepar­ing your skin and guide­lines to fol­low after your treatment.


The fol­low­ing prod­ucts and ingre­di­ents should be discontinued:

  • Retin‑A, Ren­o­va, Tazo­rac or any oth­er prod­ucts con­tain­ing Retinol
  • Vit­a­min A, Sal­i­cylic acid, gly­col­ic acid or Ben­zyl Peroxide
  • Any exfo­li­at­ing or scrub­bing products
  • No elec­trol­y­sis, wax­ing, depila­to­ry creams or laser hair removal
    • If you shave, do so 3 day before your peel and wait 10 – 12 days after


It is cru­cial to the health of your skin and the suc­cess of your peel that these guide­lines are fol­lowed as much as possible. 

  • Wear sun­screen with 30 SPF or high­er and try to avoid direct sun­light for at least a week
  • Avoid pick­ing or pulling the skin that is flak­ing and peeling
  • Use a hydrat­ing mois­tur­iz­er in the morn­ing and at night
  • Use a gen­tle cleanser that does not con­tain soap, exfo­li­at­ing or scrub­bing beads
  • Do not use a wash­cloth, scrub­bing brush or an elec­tric brush
  • Do not have addi­tion­al in-office treat­ment to the area treat­ed for at least one week after your chem­i­cal peel or until your skin is no longer sensitive
  • You may resume the use of Retin‑A, AHA, BHA, pre­scrip­tion top­i­cals, exfo­li­at­ing prod­ucts, or bleach­ing creams 7 — 12 days after your chem­i­cal peel

Depend­ing on your lev­el of chem­i­cal peel, mild to deep, the time line for recov­ery will vary. The more edu­cat­ed you are about your skin and chem­i­cal peels, the more pre­pared you will be.

It is pos­si­ble that adverse side effects may occur. Although rare, the fol­low­ing have been known to occur in some indi­vid­u­als: break­outs or acne, rash, dark spots, itch­ing, swelling, bruis­ing or burn­ing. If any of these reac­tions occurs, con­tact your provider immediately.

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