PRE/POST CARE TREATMENT - CHEMICAL PEELS
We request that the following treatments be stopped at the following times prior to your chemical peel with us:
1 WEEK PRIOR
prescription topical Retin A
2 WEEKS PRIOR
Waxing, bleaching or hair dying any areas to be treated
depilatory use in any treated area
electrolysis on any treatment area
IPL/Laser Hair removal treatments
IPL/Laser Kin Rejuvenation (only prior to very superficial peels)
Sun exposure to area to be treated
facial treatments of any kind inclduing AHA, BHA or Vitamin A treatments
Microdermabrasion / Epidermal Levelling
4 WEEKS PRIOR
IPL/Laser Skin Rejuvenation (only prior to superficial to Medium Depth Peels)
AHA, BHA, Vitamin A or TCA Superficial to Medium Depth Peels
In Clinic Needling
3-6 MONTHS PRIOR
Fractional Ablative Laser Resurfacing
TCA or Phenol Deep Peeling
6-12 MONTHS PRIOR
Full Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Expected Side Effects
A sunburn sensation in the skin may be experienced for 24-48 hrs after the treatment. Your skin will be red, dry and mildly irritated. Redness (erythema) or swelling (oedema) is common and can last up to 2-5 days in the treated area.
There will be temporary darkening of the skin; this is the old skin preparing to peel.
Peeling and or darkened crusting can last for 3-10 days.
Avoid sun exposure until new skin completely covers the treated area.
Although not common, as with all medical treatments there are always risks as outlined in your Informed Consent Form read & signed by you at your appointment.
Pigment Changes (Skin Colour) -During the healing process, there is a possibility that the treated area may become either lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) in colour compared to the surrounding skin. This is usually temporary, but on a rare occasion, it may be permanent.
Wounds and Infection - Treatment can result in burning, blistering or bleeding of the treated areas. Infection is a possibility whenever the skin surface is disrupted, although proper wound care should prevent this. If signs of infection develop, such as pain, heat, or surrounding redness, please contact CST Direct as soon as possible.
Scarring - This is a rare occurrence. To minimise scarring, it is IMPORTANT that you follow all before and aftercare instructions carefully.
SPF 30+ Sun Protection – Wearing an SPF 30+ sunscreen when exposed to the sun and UV light is mandatory after all treatments. This will protect and prevent further sun damage to your skin. If you are ever concerned with any of the treatments you have received, please contact us to discuss as soon as possible.
Chemical Peel Aftercare Dos:
Do treat your skin gently. Be sure to use a very, very gentle touch when massaging any type of product onto your skin.
Do not use any aggressive rubbing at all. Some of the flaking cells are still attached to live cells so you don’t want to risk pulling anything off that isn’t ready.
Do be extra careful when the skin is wet. Water melts and softens dead skin, so it’s very easy to rub off both dead and live cells when the skin is moist. This means avoid using washcloths or sonic cleansing brushes after a chemical peel.
Do limit your time outdoors. After a chemical peel, you want to hibernate as much as possible to keep your skin protected. The last thing you want to do is expose your skin to heat and UV light. Your skin will already be in an inflamed state, you do not want to aggravate it further. After a chemical peel, do keep your skincare routine simple and gentle. If you’re wondering what to put on your face after a chemical peel, we recommend following this type of regimen, in this order.
· Wash your skin with a gentle, low-foaming, sulphate-free cleanser.
· Use an alcohol free toner/essence but mist it on the skin. This provides additional comfort to irritated and peeled skin. Normally, you’d apply a toner or essence to a cotton pad then wipe it over the skin. Since post-peel you want to minimise rubbing, instead put the product into a spray bottle and mist it on the face. If you don’t have a spray bottle, then pour into the palm of your hand and pat it on the face.
· Apply a no-sting, acid-free antioxidant serum (nothing active) like a Vitamin B & Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
· Apply moisturiser and/or Bepanthen Antiseptic Soothing Cream. If it’s during the day, please ensure you use a moisturiser with sunscreen. In the evening, use a non-sunscreen moisturiser suitable for your skin type. Be sure to use a light touch when applying.
Chemical Peel Aftercare Don'ts:
Don’t pick or pull at the flaky skin! The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to lift away dry, damaged cell layers and reveal younger looking, healthy new cells. To do this, the skin has to shed. This is the part that people dislike the most but it is a crucial part of the process. Picking off dry, flaky skin when it may not be ready to come off can result in scarring and unnecessary redness. You really have to leave it alone. Let Mother Nature do her job.
Don’t use a washcloth, facial scrub or sonic cleansing brush. As mentioned above, dead, flaky skin softens up when exposed to water. It can be very tempting to want to rub away that dryness with a washcloth or facial scrub. Please don’t use any of these. Should any new cells come along with it (which they will!), you may cause further blistering.
Don’t exfoliate with acids or enzymes. It is really important to not remove the peeling skin before it is naturally ready. You must let the skin shed naturally on its schedule, not on yours. Acids and enzymes, whether in a cleanser, toner, serum, mask or moisturiser, will only irritate the skin further and possibly burn and temporarily scar the skin. Wait two weeks before starting to use these products in your daily regime again.
Don’t eat highly acidic foods. Just as you don’t want to apply topical acids to the skin, you also don’t want acidic foods getting on the skin. When things like tomato sauce, oranges and salsa touch the face (i.e. around the mouth), they can lower the pH of the skin to the point of causing serious irritation. When you have a peel, your moisture barrier is in a very damaged state and is extremely sensitive. In particular, given the mouth area is the place where you’ll see the most amount of peeling due to facial movements from talking and yawning, this area can be very reactive.
Don’t sweat too much after a chemical peel. Especially at the height of the peeling, your protective barrier is very damaged. When you sweat while working out, the salt can cause a stinging sensation which may further the irritation.
Don’t use any type of retinol or prescription retinoids skincare. These types of products work to stimulate cell turnover from deep. This is definitely great for the skin, but it’s what’s already occurring because of the peel. Like acids, you’ll want to use these once your skin heals.