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Chemical Peel Aftercare for Radiant Skin

A chemical peel is a skin-rejuvenating procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to blister and peel. In most cases, the new skin is less wrinkled and has a smoother texture than the older skin. You can apply this treatment to any area of the face, neck, or hands. Chemical Peels can address various skin conditions, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne, age spots, freckles, melasma (caused by pregnancy or birth control), and other cosmetic imperfections, as well as improve the skin’s appearance and texture.

As with any cosmetic treatment, the chemical peel aftercare is as crucial as the procedure itself, if not more so. Therefore, Zap Laser Center has compiled a list of recommendations for how to best care for your skin after getting a chemical peel. That way, there won’t be any hiccups while you bask in the glow of your newly revitalized skin.

What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

Depending on internal and external factors, including skin type, age, weather, lifestyle, and hormones, the peeling may take anywhere from seven to ten days on average or even longer. You may experience temporary irritation, dryness, or flaking as your treatment removes the top layer of dead skin. Every treatment is different. Since the skin’s texture varies depending on where it is on the body, different body parts—such as the chest, back, arms, and legs—will respond differently. In some areas, healing could take longer.

Chemical Peel Aftercare Dos

SPF Is Your New BFF

You just had a chemical peel to remove damaged skin, so you should protect the new, delicate skin that is emerging by using sunscreen whenever you are outside in the sunlight. What if you plan on staying indoors? If that’s the case, you still need to safeguard your skin, whether you’re in front of a screen of any type or sitting by a window. Your skin will appreciate the effort you put into selecting a physical sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30) and a broad range of protection.

Moisturize With Gentle Formulas

To maintain and replenish some moisture in dry skin, apply a moisturizer. Your moisturizer should not contain harsh chemicals or irritants that could aggravate your already sensitive skin, such as acids and acne treatments. Additionally, they have to be water-based because moisturizers with a lot of water feel good and light on the skin. Remember that moisturizers delay the peeling because softened skin won’t come off as rapidly.

Hands Off!

We know this one is hard, especially in the peeling process. Chemical peels reveal raw, delicate skin while also causing the outermost layers of skin to flake off. Because of this, patients may feel frustrated and be tempted to pick at the peeling skin. Following a chemical peel, touching, picking, or scratching the skin may result in bleeding, infections, outbreaks, and scars. To avoid issues, use a moisturizer and allow the skin naturally shed.

Use Neutral Soap and Cool Water

For up to a week, your skin may be extra sensitive. Use just your fingertips to cleanse your skin; never use a washcloth, a loofah, or a sponge. Use cool water to avoid inflaming your skin. We advise employing an unscented, neutral soap. Keep in mind that your skin is sensitive, so try to cleanse it with as much gentleness as you can.