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POST PEEL TREATMENT TIPS

Nadia Lam

Superficial peels result in little to no downtime but create dramatic and visible results.  Treatments may cause slight redness, tightness, peeling, flaking or temporary dryness.  Most patients find it unnecessary to apply makeup, as the skin will be smooth, dewy and radiant following your treatment.  If you would like to apply makeup, allow approximately 15 minutes for the pH of the skin to stabilize before applying foundation.

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  • Stay cool!  Heating internally can cause hyper pigmentation.

  • Do not put the treated area directly into a hot shower spray.

  • Do not use hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas.

  • Do not go swimming.

  • Do not participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.

  • Do not use loofahs or other means of mechanical exfoliation.

  • Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area.

  • Do not apply ice or ice water to the treated area.

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General Guidelines:

  • After receiving a peel treatment, you should not necessarily expect to “peel”.  However, light flaking in a few localized areas for several days is typical.  Most patients who undergo these treatments have residual redness for approximately one to 12 hours post-procedure.

  • As with all peels and treatments, it is recommended that makeup not be applied the day of treatment, as it is ideal to allow the skin to stabilize and rest overnight: however, makeup may be applied 15 minutes after the treatment if desired.

  • Moisturizer should be applied at least twice a day, but can be applied more frequently for hydration and to decrease the appearance of flaking.

  • It is recommended that other topical, over-the-counter medications or AHA products not be applied to the skin seven days post-procedure, as they may cause irritation.

  • It is recommended to delay use of tretinoin, Retin-A, Differin, Renova, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo or Ziana five days post-procedure.  Consult your physician before temporarily discontinuing use of any prescription medications.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat.  Use an SPF 30-45 for broad spectrum UV protection.

  • Do not go to a tanning bed for at least two weeks post-procedure.  This practice should be discontinued due to the increased risk of skin cancer and signs of aging.

  • Do not pick or pull on any loosening or peeling skin.  This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.

  • Do not have electrolysis, facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately five days.

Here is a list of the different peels I do and what the benefits are:

Glycolic Acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane.  It is beneficial for visibly reducing  the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.  It also improves the appearance of oily and acne-prone skin.

Lactic Acid possesses many of the same properties as Glycolic Acid, yet it is less harsh and more moisturizing than Glycolic Acid.  Lactic Acid is beneficial for dry skin, as it helps improve the appearance of oily and acne-prone skin.  It also aids in visibly reducing the look of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

If you have any questions or would like to book your next peel series, feel free to call/text me or email anytime.


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