With lighter peels, it is common to notice mild redness immediately after the peel. This will improve within hours. With deeper peels, it is common to notice shedding of the skin within 1-2 days of treatment. This shedding can last up to 5 days after treatment. We recommend scheduling chemical peels around your work schedule if you are concerned about the social downtime.
When will I see results?
Results from lighter chemical peels are noticed within several days. Results from peels that involve shedding of the skin are commonly noticed about one week after treatment.
How long do results last?
Results from treatment are permanent. We recommend diligent lifestyle measures and seasonal or yearly chemical peels to maintain results.
Does it hurt?
The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by patients. No anesthesia is needed.
Are there any other side effects I should know about?
The most common side effects include redness, peeling, swelling and itching. Rarely, chemical peels can cause acne that is under the surface to purge.
What are the different depths of chemical peels?
Light (superficial) peels target the epidermis. The effects of light peels generally consist of skin brightening and evening of skin color and texture.
Medium-depth peels target the epidermis and papillary dermis, allowing for both the effects of light peels and improvement in features related to abnormalities in the superficial dermis, such as mild wrinkling and mild scarring.
I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I get chemical peels.
We recommend receiving clearance from your OBGYN prior to treatment if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event. Redness, swelling and peeling may be apparent in that time period.
Let the provider know if you have a history of cold sores. An antiviral may be prescribed.
You may not have an active rash in the area being treated.
Avoidance of Accutane for the past 6 months is required.
Avoidance of IPL/BBL, laser procedures and waxing for the past 7 days is required.
Discontinue topical retinoids one week before treatment to reduce sensitivity.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, you must receive clearance from OB/GYN.
The treatment should be discussed in full prior to procedure to set proper expectations.
Redness or sensitivity might be present (and last up to a few days).
Peeling may start 1-3 days after treatment.
Do not pick or scratch at treated skin.
Avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24 hours or until skin is done peeling.
Avoid sun tanning and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
If exposed to the sun, always use broad spectrum SPF 30+ and reapply every 2 hours.
Wear sun protective hats.
Results are most noticeable after the second treatment.
Recommend follow up and repeat treatments in 4-6 weeks.
Best results are obtained in a series of 4-6 treatments.
Post-treatment skin care kit can be discontinued once skin no longer feels dry, tight and has completely healed.
The skin care provided to you is intended for use during healing and is ideal for dry, sensitive skin.
Prolonged use for oily, acne-prone skin can cause breakouts.
ZO 3-Step Peel:
Avoid cleansing for 5 hours following treatment, preferably overnight.
Cleanse face with Skin Pharm Foaming Cleanser and continue to cleanse morning and evening.
After first cleanse at home, apply full packet of ZO 6% retinol. Allow to fully dry before the next step.
Apply ZO Hydrating Crème AM and PM and as needed for dryness and irritation.
May return to using makeup once peeling is done.
May restart regular skin care routine and exfoliants (retinol, AHAs, salicylic acid) in 5-7 days or once skin is no longer peeling.
Other superficial peels:
Cleanse face with Skin Pharm Foaming Cleanser morning and evening.
May return to using makeup 24 hours after peel or once peeling is done.
May restart regular skin care routine and exfoliants (retinol, AHAs, salicylic acid) in 1-3 days or once skin is no longer peeling.