Side effects of chemical peels include hyperpigmentation (too much pigment in the skin leading to brown blotches) and a high factor sunscreen should be used for at least a week following treatment. Sometimes a chemical peel can precipitate an outbreak of cold-sores in susceptible people. Although rare, the face may be swollen after treatment and redness or blotchiness may persist for a few days. There may be some itching associated with peeling over the next few days.
What can I expect after treatment:
- Skin peels often achieve instant, glowing results and tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just one peel (although a series of 4-6 peels provides best overall results).
- Following treatment, the skin should be cleansed with a soap-free cleanser, patted dry and moisturised. Do not pick off any peeling skin as this may result in bleeding, pigment change or even mild scarring. Use of a high protection sunscreen is essential to help avoid pigment changes. If any problems occur, contact us for a review as soon as possible.
- Skin peels work in harmony with our skin care products at the clinic and we would be happy to provide you with a unique skin care regime tailored to your skin’s requirements
- Following your skin peel you may experience some redness on the treated areas accompanied by a warm glow. This will last for several hours but should have settled by the following morning. Peeling starts to occur after 48 hours and might last 2-5 days, not all clients experience peeling although the treatment will still produce beneficial results.
- Make-up or other skin care products not recommended by your practitioner should not be applied for at least 12 hours after your treatment.
- DO NOT pick, peel, scrape, scratch or wax your skin as this may lead to infection, bleeding, pigment change, delayed recovery or scarring.
- Avoid abrasive sponges or exfoliation for 1 week after treatment.
- Avoid other cosmetic procedures without the specific guidance of your practitioner, including waxing or electrolysis.
- Wash with a very mild soap, rinse with warm water and remember to moisturise regularly following the treatment as you may experience some dryness for a few days.
- Avoid sun-exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sun-cream of at least SPF30 for at least a week.
- Avoid the use of alpha and beta-hydroxy acids, retinoids, retinols, fragranced products and any creams that are in any way irritating for at least a week.
- For the best results we recommend a course of 6 treatments at intervals of 2 weeks.
- Remember – cleanse, moisturise & protect! The use of a serum may enhance your result.