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chemical peel aftercare

If you’ve had a chemical peel that doesn’t come with an aftercare kit, here are some general post peel instructions and recommendations for chemical peel aftercare products.

Getting a good outcome with a chemical peel depends not just on the performance of the peel but how the skin in cared for afterward.  Although some peels, such as the Vi Peel®, come with post peel kits, most peels require that you assemble the products you will use on your own.  Here are general guidelines for chemical peel aftercare as well as some product recommendations and affiliate links.  This is not a substitute for advice from your doctor.

Chemical peel after care instructions

  • avoid direct sun, waxing, scrubbing, or picking at the skin
  • don’t use products and medications such as retinoids, glycolic acid or salicylic acid for 1 week after
  • avoid scrubs
  • wash with a gentle cleanser twice daily
  • use a moisturizer with sunscreen daily
  • use a plain moisturizer at bedtime
  • moisturize the face 2-4 times a day
  • report any unexpected side effects to your doctor
  • mild irritation can be treated with hydrocortisone twice daily for 1 week

Facial cleansers for chemical peel aftercare

A gentle cleanser is recommended for chemical peel aftercare.  This would be one that has no medications in it and that is non-abrasive.  Moisturizing cleansers are a plus. Here are some examples:

Dove Sensitive Skin Hypoallergenic Beauty Bar

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar  or Face Wash by Cetaphil

Pears Transparent Glycerin Bar Soap

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Eucerin Advanced Cleansing Body and Face Cleanser

Moisturizers with sunscreen for chemical peel aftercare

It’s important to use a moisturizer with sunscreen daily after a chemical peel.  Apply moisturizer with sunscreen multiple times during the day if you are peeling.   Here are some products we recommend:

Aveeno Positively Radiant spf 30   – especially good to not create a filmy appearance on darker skin

EltaMD Daily Face Sunscreen Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, spf 40

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, spf 30

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer spf 15

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Facial Moisturizer Cream with sunscreen, spf 15

Night time moisturizers for chemical peel after care

Use moisturizer without sunscreen at bedtime and throughout the day if you are inside away from large windows.  Here are some products we recommend:

CeraVe PM

Cetaphil rich hydrating cream for face

Aquaphor healing ointment – especially good after a modified Jessner’s peel

Elta MD intense face and body moisturizer

Elta MD PM facial moisturizer

Learn about our chemical peels at Aglow Dermatology here

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