If you are unsure whether any medications, habits, or activities will impact your recovery, you should contact your doctor for clarification. There are several critical instructions that can help minimize your risk of complications, including:
- Avoid exposure to UV light one week before and two weeks after
- Do not undergo waxing or use hair removal creams for two weeks before and after treatment
- Do not pick or rub the skin while it is healing
- Make sure your skin remains moisturized as you peel
- Avoid strenuous activity that will cause sweating for two to three days
- Use a mild cleanser to wash your face twice per day while you are peeling to help prevent dryness
Additionally, it is important to note your skin will need to peel over the course of several days. For superficial peels, the skin may appear red or pink for the first two days and then begin to peel for another three days. Medium-depth peels cause the skin to darken and thicken, with peeling occurring for about five days with the last three typically being the most severe. Finally, a deep peel usually leads to heavy peeling that looks similar to scabbing from about day four to 10 of recovery. As such, many patients choose to make accommodations for private downtime after these peels.