The Importance of After-Chemical Peel Skin Care

Let’s look at chemical peels, and especially after-peel care. Chemical peels to refresh and renew your skin are among the most popular aesthetic procedures at VIVAA in Issaquah and Bellevue. This non-invasive treatment can effectively address problems like fine lines, uneven skin tone, acne breakouts, sun damage, etc. Peels are a great introduction treatment for those who are just stepping into the world of aesthetic treatments.

chem peels before and after

This client came in with active acne, clogged pores, and scarring. She has done 4 chemical peel treatments so far and has seen a great reduction in active acne, reduced amount of clogged pores, and overall has a more even skin tone and texture.

What is a Chemical Peel Treatment?

Learning what chemical peeling involves is essential. Chemical peels apply a mixture of exfoliating and nourishing blends to the skin to reveal more youthful and glowing skin. At VIVAA we provide light to medium depth peels on the face or body. With microneedling we can apply these light peels to make them penetrate deeper which in turn makes the peel a medium depth peel.

What Happens When You Get a Chemical Peel?

Just as skin differs from person to person, so do chemical peels. Your provider at VIVAA will create a customized chemical peel treatment and skincare regimen to address your individual skincare concerns so your skincare goals can be achieved.

What Can I Expect Following a Chemical Peel?

Immediately post-peel, your skin will look glowing. Two to four days post treatment you may experience some flaking of the skin, sensitivity, and slight redness as the dead skin cells slough off. The total healing process may take up to seven days.

Why is Chemical Peel Aftercare Important?

All chemical peels remove a portion of the skin's protective barrier, so it is important to protect it from various agents that can damage it. As part of your treatment at VIVAA your provider will go over comprehensive care to maximize the treatment benefits. The following are general guidelines for post-peel care. Your specific instructions may differ depending on your skin type, concerns, or any medical skin issues.

Use Full Spectrum Physical Sunblock

Stay out of direct sun exposure for two weeks post-treatment, as the new skin is particularly vulnerable to damage from ultraviolet rays. After two weeks, be thoughtful about sun exposure, since you do not want to incur additional sun damage. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF when outside, driving, sitting next to windows or where there is any exposure to UV rays.

Avoid Picking at Your Skin

As cell turnover occurs during peeling, it's tempting to pick at any skin that may be flaking, we strongly encourage you to avoid doing so. Picking at shedding skin can result in bleeding and unintentional scarring. The flaking will pass within a few days.

Avoid Exfoliating Agents

Avoid Retinol or Tretinoin products 2 weeks before and after chemical peel treatments. These products increase cell turnover and can cause worsening of irritation, redness, flaking,  and dryness.

Avoid Strenuous Exercise and Excessive Heat

For 3-5 days after chemical peels skip heavy workouts and situations involving excessive heat, like saunas, hot tubs, and tanning beds. Strenuous activities increase blood circulation and can intensify post-peel symptoms and recovery time.

Keep the Skin Hydrated

Chemical peels can cause dryness and flaking, it is important during this time to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. Your VIVAA provider will recommend soothing and hydrating skincare products to aid with the healing process. Remember to drink eight glasses of water daily to keep your skin hydrated as well.

When to Wear Makeup

When to wear makeup is one of the most common questions we receive. With light peels you can resume wearing makeup about five days after treatments. You don't want your body to absorb containments when the skin barrier is vulnerable. If you have situations where makeup is necessary, follow these suggestions:

  • Prep your skin with a moisturizing gel
  • Apply sunscreen under makeup
  • Use a lightweight foundation
  • Instead of foundation, use a tinted moisturizer to limit flaking
  • Set your look with a hydrating mist

Remove makeup as soon as possible and wash with a mild cleanser and warm water. Apply an approved overnight cream or moisturizer.

Practice Self-Care After Your Treatment

You know your skin better than anyone. If something doesn't feel right, contact our office immediately to avoid further irritation. For optimal results and maximized benefits of this aesthetic treatment follow your personalized aftercare instructions and skincare your VIVAA provider will give you.

Contact us today to learn more and request your complimentary consultation!


Dr. Sidhu
Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu

Author - Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu

SPECIALTIES: Percutaneous aneurysm repair, endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, treatment for varicose veins, open vascular surgical procedures, deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism treatment and aesthetic services.


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