What to Expect During and After the Peel

During the peel, you will feel mild tingling or burning. This can be relieved by a fan blowing cool air on your treatment area. The skin will feel tight and dry for 24 hours. Avoid touching your face during this period. Your skin will develop a brown-red sunburn look for 2-3 days and then peel like a sunburn for 2-3 more days. Some mild itching and burning is normal at this time. This usually lasts 5-7 days. During your peel think of your dark old skin (which is peeling off) as a bandage which protects the fresh new skin underneath. The longer you can keep this natural bandage in place, the better the result your peel will have. DO NOT pick or pull at the flaking or peeling skin; it can result in bleeding, rawness, scabbing, a risk of infection and delay of the healing process.

Will I Have Swelling?

You may have some swelling during the first 2 to 3 days of your peel. In extreme cases, your eyes may swell almost closed during the first few mornings. This is a normal response and it will resolve on its own.

What Should I Avoid at Home?

If you must wash your hair, wash it with your head tilted backward in the shower. It is important that you try to sleep on your back with your head elevated on pillows if possible. This is so you don’t rub the skin off the chin or cheek area prematurely. Do not sit in a sauna or Jacuzzi for 2 weeks, or do strenuous exercise. Sweating will make your face sting and it will cause you to peel too soon.

What Products Can I Use on my Skin After my Peel?

Stop your Retin-A or Renova for 3 weeks after the peel. Do not use any active product such as a glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylate for 2 weeks after the peel. Sun should be totally avoided and you must use Sunblock protection daily.