How To Care For Your Skin After A Chemical Peel

How To Care For Your Skin After A Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a great way to help your skin look radiant and healthy. During a chemical peel, chemicals are applied to the treatment area to remove the topmost layer of skin and reveal new, fresh skin underneath. By getting rid of dead skin cells, chemical peels perform a deep exfoliation. Medical-grade chemical peels penetrate to a depth of approximately 30-40 microns of the epidermis, which creates a superficial smoothing of skin irregularities, clearing breakouts, softening fine lines, and fading pigment. To get the best results, you should prepare before your chemical peel and take care of your skin afterward. Here is how to care for your skin after your chemical peel.

What To Do And Not Do After A Chemical Peel

After a chemical peel, you can expect some temporary side effects. Treating your skin right and avoiding certain practices post-chemical peel will aid in a speedy recovery and smooth, radiant skin.

Touch Your Skin
We know it can be tempting to pick off dead skin or otherwise touch your face, but this can introduce bacteria from your hands onto the fresh skin exposed by the chemical peel. Picking the dead skin off can also cause damage to the skin by leaving exposed skin that can become infected or that can scar. Keep your skin healthy by avoiding touching your face as much as possible while the dead skin comes off naturally.

Use Scented Facial Products
After a chemical peel, your skin will be extra sensitive. Using scented facial products can irritate the delicate new skin. Avoid heavily scented products and instead use a gentle, unscented moisturizer to help the skin repair itself.

A chemical peel is essentially a deep exfoliation, so there is no need to exfoliate as a part of your skincare routine immediately following your chemical peel. Avoid scrubbing your face with anything abrasive, don’t use cleansers with beads in them, don’t scrub with cotton pads, pat your face dry with a clean cloth instead of rubbing it, and don’t do anything else that may pull the dead skin off or be abrasive to the fresh, new skin.

Stay Out Of The Heat
Your face will be sensitive to heat shortly after your chemical peel, so stay out of saunas and steamy bathrooms. After a chemical peel, your skin may feel warm and become sensitive, so staying away from heat and steam will help make you more comfortable. If your face feels warm or slightly irritated, you can apply some cool water to help soothe the skin. 

Moisturizing your skin with a gentle moisturizer is great, but also make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. Drinking water helps to keep you hydrated from the inside out and will help your skin look radiant and fresh while speeding up the chemical peel healing process.

Keep Your Hair Out Of Your Face
When your hair falls on your face, you will likely brush it out of your face to stay comfortable. This can cause you to inadvertently touch your face, transferring bacteria and oil from your hands to your face. To avoid these subtle touches that you likely don’t give a second thought to, tie your hair back or wear a headband.

Medical Grade Chemical Peels In Edmonton

Whether you want to address acne, uneven skin texture, sun damage, fine lines, or you simply want smoother, more radiant skin, a chemical peel is the service for you. This quick, non-invasive procedure can help address a variety of skin concerns and improve skin appearance. At Glo Skin And Medspa in Edmonton, we know that every person is different which is why we customize your skin rejuvenation treatment so you can get amazing results. Our skin care specialists will examine your skin and discuss with you the results you desire. To schedule a customized chemical peel, contact Glo Skin And Medspa at 1-780-481-9772 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Where on the body can chemical peels be used?
A: Chemical peels are most commonly performed on the face, however, the chest and back can also be treated with chemical peels.

Q: What skin concerns can chemical peels address?
A: A chemical peel is an excellent cosmetic treatment that can address a range of skin issues, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scars, rough skin texture, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. 

Q: Do I have to go to a med spa or can I do a chemical peel at home?
A: While there are at-home chemical peel kits available, they are less intensive and will give the skin a pleasant glow but will not reduce scarring, uneven skin tones, or other, deeper skin irregularities. If you do attempt an at-home chemical peel, you also risk using a kit that is not appropriate for your skin type, which can cause mild burns or irritation. The safest and most effective way to get a chemical peel is by booking with one of Glo-Skin’s trusted skin care specialists.


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