Skin Care Before and After Your Peel
Before the Peel
You should begin preparing your skin 2-3 weeks before the peel. This will require:
Cleansing your skin twice a day.
Applying a special moisturizer or cream once or twice a day.
Using sunscreen every day.
Depending on your case, daily use of Retin-A, a topical acne medicine, may be recommended to speed the healing process.
For medium to deep peels, a course of medication may be prescribed to prevent viral infection.
Following these steps will help the skin peel evenly, heal faster, and will reduce any risk of complications.
After the Peel
Depending on what type of peel you had, recovery time can vary. Caring for your skin properly following a peel includes:
Cleansing frequently with water, or with a doctor-prescribed cleanser.
For medium or deep peels, changing the dressing or applying ointment.
Avoiding the sun. Sunscreen should not be used until after peeling has stopped, but after that is should be used every day as new skin is highly susceptible to sun damage.
For a deep peel, oral painkillers, antiviral, and antibiotic medications are often prescribed.
It’s very important to care for your skin before and after a peel. Taking proper care of your skin will help you get the best possible results.