Your Skin Needs R&R After Undergoing a Peel. Find Out Why.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:00:01 AM America/New_York
After you’ve had a peel, you want to take care of your skin because it is especially fragile. The reason why is that peels work like napalm with the enzyme “eating” both living and dead skin cells. The result is new, fresh baby skin that needs to be pampered and protected. Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen. For 48 hours after a peel, try to avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible. And always use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher if you’re heading outdoors and remember to reapply. Don’t use make-up for at least 2 hours after a peel. Don’t sweat or exercise for 12 hours after a peel. This is commonly recommended because excessive sweating may cause itchiness of your skin and you don’t want to over-stress your skin by getting it dirty and sweaty through exercise. Avoid using AHA/BHA or Retinol products. For at least 5 days after a glycolic peel, you should not use any glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid creams/lotions. Don’t use any retinoid based treatments like Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac as well. You should also avoid using topical acne medication like benzoyl peroxide if possible. You can usually resume your treatments after 5 days or longer unless you feel as if your skin is still sensitive and needs more rest. I would also avoid using Restorsea™ for at 3-5 days. While our proprietary enzyme, Aquabeautine XL® only “eats” dead skin cells thereby enabling you to safely use Restorsea every day, the baby skin revealed by the peel should be left to heal. The good news is that using Restorsea between peel treatments actually prolongs the effect of the treatment. Prior to using Restorsea, I had to get glycolic peels every 6 weeks. Since using Restorsea, I only have to get a glycolic peel once every six months. XOX Patti