Chemical Peels Post-Care Guidelines


Chemical Peel Post-Care

Please follow these instructions after your Chemical Peel. If you have any questions, please call our office at 610-518-7546.

People who have had a history of hyperpigmentation, or are of Mediterranean, African, Asian or Hispanic descent should discuss the use of Even & Correct Advanced Brightening Cream before and after the procedure with your provider.

Info about sun exposure with a chemical peel

  • Before your peel, we want you at your lightest skin color. We do not want you tanning or using artificial tanners.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight until skin is completely healed.
  • If you are planning to vacation somewhere sunny shortly after your peel, wait to schedule your chemical peel.

A peel should not be done if you have any of the following issues:

  • Use of accutane within the past 6 months
  • Active herpes simplex (cold sores)
  • Facial warts
  • Current pregnancy
  • History of keloid or hypertrophic scars
  • History of sun allergies
  • Prior reaction to a peel
  • Recent radiation treatment for cancer
  • Sunburn or significant sun exposure in the last 7 days
  • Surgery or cryosurgery within the last month to the treatment area 

When preparing for your peel, be sure to:

  • Stop use of Retin-A and all exfoliating products two (2) weeks prior to peel.
  • Stop any form of hair removal three (3) days prior to your peel.
  • If instructed, use Even & Correct Advanced Brightening Cream two (2) weeks before and two (2) weeks after your peel.

Please follow this post-treatment guide:

  • Remove the peel at the time instructed after in-office application.
  • Moisturize the treated area intensively until dryness is gone.
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher every day over moisturizer.
  • Cortisone OTC can be used 7 days after to minimize redness.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight until the skin is completely healed.
  • Do not peel, pick, scrape or scratch the skin to avoid scarring.
  • Avoid the use of abrasive or exfoliation sponges and scrubs.
  • Use a gentle cleanser without any acids to cleanse the skin.
  • Dark spots can appear darker during the peeling process.
  • Inform the office if you have any persistent redness or brown discoloration three weeks (21 days) after the peel.
  • Do not use Retin-A for one month after your peel.
  • Do not have laser hair removal in the treated area for at least one month (30 days) after the peel.
  • Do not wax or pluck the treated area for two weeks (14 days).
  • If instructed, use Even & Correct Advanced Brightening Cream for two weeks after your peel.
  • You may start wearing make up the day after your peel if there is no crusting or tenderness.