Chemical Medical Peel Pre-Treatment Instructions
- Do not use Accutane (acne medication) for several months before the treatment
- Do engage in any exfoliating treatments at least one month prior to treatment
- Do not apply Retin-A, Tazorac, Renova, or Differin (also acne medication) two weeks before and two weeks after your treatment
- Do not use any waxing or hair removal creams two weeks before treatment
- Do not engage in any laser treatments one month before and one month after your treatment
- Do not engage in any tanning sessions approximately one month before treatment
Do tell your Medical Peel clinician if:
- You have had Accutane recently
- You have had any recent facial surgery or radiation
- A herpes infection in the therapy area
- Any allergies to medication
- A suppressed immune system
Day of the Chemical Peel
Your skin may be tender and red in the area of the chemical peel. This is normal immediately following a chemical peel. Use skin care products as instructed for the day of your chemical medical peel. If you have any “rug burns,” apply a small amount of the ointment provided by your clinician. While “rug burns” can be annoying, they are not a concern and in fact represent an area that will show good improvement when healed after your chemical peel. Keep these areas moist with the ointment until healed. This is usually about three days following your medical peel.
Day after Your Chemical Medical Peel
Continue to use products as instructed the day after your chemical peel. Your skin may become dryer, and your lines may begin to look worse as the skin prepares to peel. This is normal. Don’t be alarmed. Be sure to wear a moisturizer and sunscreen recommended by your clinician post chemical peel.
Day Three after Your Chemical Peel
The skin will be very dry and your lines and dark spots, if you have them, will look worse today as it begins to peel. The area around the mouth is the first area to flake. Be sure to moisturize a couple of times a day. In the evening, use the Pamela Hill Papaya Facial Scrub. Wet your face and gently massage your face encouraging the dry skin to peel off. Generously apply moisturizer and sunscreen.
Day Four after Your Medical Peel
In the shower, exfoliate your skin again. Be sure your face is very wet. If the shower is steamy, this process will be more effective. Begin by putting on the Pamela Hill Enzyme Mask allowing it to sit on the face for up to five minutes. Then gently remove with the Pamela Hill Papaya Facial Scrub if prescribed. Don’t rub too hard or you will cause small abrasions and areas of irritation. Begin your normal skin care routine. If you cannot tolerate your routine, contact your chemical peel clinician.
Day Five and Six after Your Chemical Peel
Same as day four.
Be gentle with your skin. Do not over exfoliate, as this will sometimes cause a second “peeling.”