Chemical Post Procedure Instructions

After a chemical peel, the skin may experience some stinging, burning, redness, tightness, and sensitivity. There may also be some light swelling, scabbing and peeling. These effects will gradually diminish over the course of a week. Occasionally, there is temporary darker or lighter coloration of the skin. If you experience unusual discomfort or change in skin color, please call the office for treatment recommendations.


  • Apply moisturizing cream immediately following the peel and then twice daily until the skin is fully healed.
  • Avoid activity that brings heat to the face (e.g. sweat or steam) 24-48 hours post procedure. 

To promote the healing process:

  • Avoid products containing exfoliates (e.g. alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acids, retinoids) or other potentially irritating topicals until the skin returns to its normal for 5-7 days. 
  • Delay application of make-up on the peeled area if the skin is sensitive.
  • Avoid the use of abrasive or exfoliating sponges on the area for 5-7 days.
  • Avoid topical steroids
  • Avoid sun exposure, artificial tanning devices, etc. until the skin is fully healed.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15-30 is great, or higher).

Do Not:

  • Peel, pick, scrape, or scratch the skin
  • Use a mask on the skin


Maintain newly peeled skin using a mild facial cleanser and moisturizing creams, lotions or gels, after the skin returns to near-normal appearance. Protect during the daytime by using a moisturizer and sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at: (801) 768-8800