Taking Care Of Your Skin After a Chemical Peel

Updated on December 23, 2022

Hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and wrinkles are a few of the skin issues treated by Chemical Peeling. As the name tells, chemical peeling is a treatment where a chemical is applied to the face, neck, or hands to peel off the affected skin area. This is done to enhance the skin texture and remove the pigmentation that women generally get after childbirth. This is done by a certified aesthetician or dermatologist having years of experience and should be avoided in any regular salons. 

The type of chemical peeling treatment given to the patient depends on the skin issues they have. Superficial Peel is given to people with slight discoloration and rough skin where only the top layer is peeled off. Medium Peel requires exfoliating the skin using glycolic acid to treat aging signs, fine lines, and wrinkles. A deep peel is treated with trichloroacetic acid that penetrates the middle layers to reduce freckles and remove deep scars. Whatever might be why to visit the chemical peeling treatment center, one must know that skin aftercare is essential to get the best results. 

Here are the dos and don’ts on how to take care of the skin after a chemical peel:

Do Not: Touch, Pick, Pull, or Scratch

The skin after chemical peel begins to peel off, and like most of us, you will too feel itchy. This is the healing period of the skin, and you must not touch, pick or pull off the dead skin with your hands. Doing this might give an infection to the skin, and you may feel rash. Avoid contact with the skin until it heals, dead skin falls naturally, and new skin grows back.

Do: Tie your Hair

It is tempting to scratch the dry peelings of the skin during the recovery process. Your hair can increase the temptation of scratching and touching. The best way to avoid this is to constantly tie your hair back until the skin comes back to its original state. Be very cautious while brushing your hair as touching your skin with the same hands used for brushing might delay the natural healing process, and you might get irritated on the contact of any foreign particle.

Do Not: Be Harsh        

The face skin is the most delicate area in the entire body; after treatment, it is vulnerable to infections. The skin requires extra care after a chemical peel, and any harsh application on it can result in rash and scars. Try to be gentle with the face skin while washing and applying any cream on it.

Do: Moisturise

After the new skin cells grow, the skin feels tighter, more unique, and a bit itchy. It is time you start to apply a pea-sized lotion to hydrate the skin moderately. Do not over-hydrate, and this will slow down the therapeutic process. Let the damaged skin peel off and once the skin heals, consult your doctor about the skin regimen to follow.

Do: Stay Indoors and Avoid Direct Sunlight

 Chemical peel treatment for damaged skin needs some time to heal itself as the skin is exposed to infections and rashes from dust, dirt, and UV rays. It is advised to protect your skin from any bacterial infection and sunburns until it is completely healed. Do not go out in direct sunlight till the first two weeks of treatment. After that, follow a healthy skin routine where sunblock is a must before leaving the house. Not obeying these steps might get red patches and burns on your skin which will be even more challenging to treat.

Final Advice

If you have already gone to the skin treatment, do not worry unnecessarily; sit back and give it some time to repair itself naturally. Worry is one of the causes of wrinkles and fine lines, so keep patience and relax.

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