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Preparation for a peel treatment

You will be having either an enzyme or light chemical peel treatment the day of your appointment. Please follow the outline below to prepare.

  • It is recommended but not mandatory that you use SkinMedica, Obagi, or Jane Iredale daily care products prior to your peel. These medical grade or mineral grade cosmeceuticals provide the highest level of skin care versus over the counter products, allows for better treatment and post-procedural results and reduces the risk of complications. Please consult with the Registered Nurse for appropriate recommendations for your skin type and condition.
  • If you are lactating, pregnant or may be pregnant, only an Organic Oxygenating Treatment, SkinMedica Hydrating Treatment or Cocoa Enzyme Peel is appropriate. Consult your OB/GYN before receiving any treatment.
  • Do not go to a tanning bed two weeks prior to treatment. This practice should be discontinued all together due to the increase risk of skin cancer and signs of aging. UV exposure of any kind is counter productive to positive skin care.
  • It is recommended to delay use of Tretinoin ®, Retina-A ®, Differin ®, Tazorac ®, Avage ®, EpiDuo ®, Ziana ®, and high-percentages of AHA and BHA products for approximately five days prior to treatment. Consult your physician before temporarily discounting any prescription medications.

Enzyme and chemical 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.

Post-Procedure Skin Treatment Tips

For two days post-procedure:

  • Stay Cool! Heating internally can cause hyperpigmentation.
  • Do not put the treated area directly into a hot shower spray.
  • 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.

General Guidelines

  • After receiving an enzyme or chemical peel, you may or may not “peel”. However, light flaking in a few localized areas for several days is typical. Most patients who undergo these treatments have a residual redness for approximately one to 12 hours post-procedure.
  • As with all peels and treatments, it is recommended that the 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.
  • If a post-procedure kit was provided, use the contents for at least 3 to 5 days or until flaking has resolved.
  • If the skin feels tight, apply Aquaphor to moisturize as needed. For maximum hydration, apply a hydrating serum such as SkinMeica’s HA5 under SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream.
  • Moisturizer should be applied at least twice a day, but can be applied more frequently for hydration and to decrease the appearance of flaking.
  • Is is recommended that other topical, over-the-counter medications or alpha hydroxy acid products not be applied to the skin seven days post-procedure, as they may cause irritation.
  • It is recommended to delay use of Tretinion®, 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. For best broad spectrum UV protection use Essential Defense Mineral Shield® SPF 35 or Total Defense + Repair 50.
  • Do not go to a tanning bed for at least two weeks post-procedure. This practice should be discontinued all together due to the increased risk of skin cancer and signs of aging. UV exposure of any kind is counter productive to positive skin care.
  • Do not pick or pull any loosening or peeling skin. This count potentially cause hyper pigmentation.
  • Do not have electrolysis, facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately five days.

Do not have another treatment until your clinician advises you to do so.