How to Take Care of your Skin after a Chemical Peel

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Have a big day ahead of you and want to book yourself a chemical peel appointment? Today, many people are choosing chemical peel to get rid of scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines and other skin woes.

Got a chemical peel done and wondering how you can take care of your skin post a chemical peel and how you can maximise the benefit of your chemical peel? Here’s the ultimate guide that will tell you everything you need to know about chemical peel aftercare.

What are chemical peels and how do they help your skin?

A chemical peel removes the outermost layer of your skin and reveals the brighter and younger-looking skin beneath it. A chemical peel helps to get rid of scars, breakouts, discoloration and visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.

It is important to take extra care of your skin during the healing process after a chemical peel session as your skin tends to be sensitive. Your skin will bounce back to life faster if you follow some basic easy-to-follow chemical peel aftercare instructions that we will share with you below.

Dos of Chemical Peel Aftercare

Here are some expert skin peel aftercare tips that will help to get radiant and youthful skin after your chemical peel sessions.

1. Use cool water to wash your face

Your skin will be extra sensitive post your chemical peel and hence hot water will most likely cause inflammation. It is recommended that you use cool water to wash your face and then gently pat dry instead of rubbing your face with a towel.

2. Apply your sunscreen religiously

Your skin is more delicate after your chemical peel session and hence you must avoid direct exposure to sun as that will make your skin more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Lather your skin with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or more every day before you step out of your abode.

3. Moisturise regularly

Your skin might appear dry after a chemical peel. So, the best way to make your skin regain its lost moisture is to lather your skin with a good quality water-based moisturiser that is free from harsh ingredients and chemicals.

4. Use soap-free cleansers

Soap-free cleansers don’t strip away excess natural oils from your post-chemical peel skin and they don’t cause dry skin. Hence, invest in a soap-free cleanser that won’t irritate your skin and gently clean it.

5. Seek advice from your dermatologist when in doubt

After a chemical peel, if you have any queries then don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dermatologist. Redness and skin irritation are temporary possible side effects of chemical peel but if they persist for more than 2-3 days, we recommend that you consult your [dermatologist]( immediately.

Don'ts of Chemical Peel Aftercare

Here are some aftercare tips for a chemical peel that you must know.

1. Don’t exfoliate immediately

Your skin experiences an intense exfoliation when you opt for a chemical peel. So, avoid overdoing it by using a face scrub immediately after you return home from a chemical peel. We recommend you wait for at least 3-7 days before you use an exfoliator.

2. Refrain from activities that will make you sweat

We are talking about saunas, spas, gyms and other strenuous activities. Sweating will further irritate your skin and aggravate your discomfort. So, wait it out for a few days before you indulge in any of the above-mentioned activities.

3. Avoid using retinol

Retinol is known for boosting cell turnover. Though cell turnover is beneficial, a chemical peel too boosts your cell’s turnover. So, don’t use retinol for some time after a chemical peel session to avoid an overload of cell turnover.

4. Don’t poke your skin

You might be tempted to prod, touch and poke your skin but that is the worst thing you can do to a post-chemical peel skin.

5. Let your skin breathe

Let your skin heal itself and recover completely before you book yourself any other skin treatment. We recommend you consult your dermatologist before you jump into another skin treatment after getting a chemical peel.

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Does a chemical peel remove tan?

Yes, a chemical peel treatment helps to remove the tanned skin layer, exfoliate your skin and reveal a new bright and supple layer of skin.

Is chemical peel good for your skin?

Yes, a light chemical peel is good for your skin as it improves your skin tone, texture, reduces early signs of ageing and breathes back life into your dull skin.

What are the side effects of a chemical peel?

Some minor side effects of chemical peel that you might experience are mild redness, dryness, swelling, itching and burning.

Is a chemical peel painful?

No, you might experience a slight tingling sensation but you will get used to it a few minutes into your chemical peel session.

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