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Chemical Peel/Microdermabrasion Skin Rejuvenation Home Care Instructions
No two patients are exactly alike in their skin care needs or rate of healing. Therefore, we may elect to individualize the following guidelines for each patient. We will give you specific instructions if we make any changes in these directions.
Since you have just undergone a chemical peeling procedure, use good common sense for the first 14 days by restricting your normal activities, exercise regimens and any activity that produces facial sweating.
The treated areas may be sensitive and tender. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the treated skin to help avoid infection.
Apply a light coat of ointment or heavy moisturizer to all treated areas if they become tender.
DO NOT PICK OR RUB TO REMOVE DEAD SKIN OR SCABS, as this may increase the risk of scarring. You may wash your face with lukewarm water and a mild soap. Any scabs should be left in place.
Products recommended in the AmazingFaces skincare line:
Self-foaming cleanser and Post-Treatment Cream for moisture and healing.
Phyto Protect SPF 25 Sunscreen for sun protection.
After washing, pat the skin dry with a towel or let it air dry, and apply a thin layer of Vaseline petroleum jelly (non-medicated) over the treated areas. Re-apply the ointment whenever the skin feels dry.
Always wear sunscreen because you could burn more easily or aggravate hyperpigmentation.
Drink plenty of fluids (at least 64 ounces per day).
Avoid chlorine in pools or hot tubs for 2 days after treatment, because it could be irritating. If you do swim or use a hot tub, simply wash with cool tap water.
Avoid drafts, fans, or air conditioners, etc. because air blowing on the treated area may cause stinging, and will dry out the skin.
Do not sleep face down; sleep on your back.
Facial and neck swelling are normally present after chemical rejuvenation but the degree varies widely from patient to patient. Do not be concerned if you have more or less swelling than others who have undergone the “same” procedure. Generally, most patients appear relatively normal within 3 to 14 days following chemical peels.
You may gently shampoo your hair the day after your peel. Blow dry only on “cold” or “warm” setting for five days and postpone any permanent waves or hair coloring for three weeks following treatment.
You may start light exercise the day after treatment. Avoid excessive sweating which may irritate the skin. A week of healing should be permitted before resuming strenuous sports.
Finally, it is very important that you follow all instructions given to you by our office and that you return as suggested for follow-up care.
If you experience a rapid increase in pain or a rash, or any change that seems unexpected, or have any questions, please call our office at (972) 566-4900