Can I Go Back to my Skincare Routine After a Chemical Peel?

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Can I Go Back to my Skincare Routine After a Chemical Peel? If you are from getting a chemical peel, you have the responsibility of taking care of a dry, red, irritated peeling skin. But what can you do? Can I go back to my skincare routine after the procedure? The answer is NO. You cannot go to your normal routine for reasons we are going to discuss below.

To help you take care of your skin, we are going to go through do’s and don’ts that you need to keep in mind while taking care of your skin post-peel.

Now, not all chemical peels are the same. To take care of your skin after a peel procedure, your skin care professional should give you advice on how you should take care of skin during the recovery phase to avoid causing harm to your skin.

When you go for a chemical peel, your dermatologist will apply an acid on your face to remove the top skin layers that have discolored cells. This process occurs while the skin is peeling. Although you don’t have to walk around with flaky skin, be cautious not to interfere with what is going on in your face.

The process of peeling needs to take its time, and you need to avoid anything that can jeopardize the process. Your objective is to ensure that your skin is calm, comfortable and moist.


Be gentle with your skin.

When you are applying a skin care product, be very gentle when massaging it. Do not be aggressive because some flakey cells are still attached to live cells, and you might cause a lot of pain and harm to your skin in case you peel anything off when it’s not ready.

Be careful when your skin is wet.

If you used to use sonic cleansing brushes or washcloths before a chemical peel, you need to stop using it because water softens the dead skin which can easily be rubbed off with live cells on the moist skin.

Wear sunscreen

Post-peel, the skin is usually vulnerable, and if you get exposed to UV light, you might cause damage to your skin. If your skin becomes flakey to the point you don’t want to apply anything with your hands, you can use an SPF infused powder for an easy, quick application that is rub-free.

Limit your time outdoors

To keep your skin protected, you need to hibernate as much as you can. You need to protect your skin from UV light and heat. Since your skin is already inflamed, you don’t want to make it worse from exposure to the sun.

Use products that have smooth ingredients

Your main priority has to be ensuring that your skin is as comfortable as it should be. For instance, if your skin is too uncomfortable, you can use a water-based gel mask once a day. To make it feel even much better, you can place the water-based gel in a refrigerator to give it a much cooler feel. Some of the products like Rapid Response Detox Masque and Calm Repair Masque are some of the best solutions you can use.

You can keep your skin care simple by following this guide:

Use a sulfate free-cleanser that is low foaming to wash your skin gently. You can also use an essence on the skin. The essence needs to be alcohol-free to remove any impure tap water from the skin. To offer great hydration, the solution is usually serum infused to help avoid any additional irritation on the skin.

In your previous skin care regimen, you might have used a toner or an essence on a cotton pad to wipe your skin with it. But after the chemical peel, you need to minimize rubbing and instead use mist and a spray bottle on your skin. In case you don’t have a spray bottle, use your hands to pat the solution on your face.

Using a moisture infusion toner can help to deeply hydrate your skin all year round. You should also leave damp of essence on your skin for the serum to seal the hydration benefits.

Use an acid-free antioxidant serum.

Free radical production on your skin usually occurs at a very high rate after the skin has been traumatized. To reduce the free radical activity, you need to use Vitamin C serum that uses Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate. These are some of the ingredients you need to apply to your skin.


Avoid picking and peeling your flaky skin.

The dry surface of the skin is usually lifted after a chemical peel to reveal healthy new cells. For this to happen, the skin has to shed and its the process that most people are not patient with. When you decide to pick off the flaky skin, you are going to scar your face or cause an unnecessary inflammation or cause redness on the skin. To avoid this, let the skin take its course in shading the flaky skin and be patient with it.

Avoid over moisturizing

It is common for people to feel like moisturizing the dry skin from time to time. You also need to understand that for the skin to heal, you need less rubbing, tugging and massaging. You can achieve ends by using a moisturizer when you really need to, without rubbing it on your face.

Avoid sweating too much

After peeling, your skin is usually vulnerable, and you need to avoid working out at all costs because the salt on the sweat can cause a very irritating sensation that can be painful.

Avoid using prescription retinoids or retinol

These products stimulate a high turnover of cells from deep. It is beneficial for the skin, but it is duplicating what is happening. Only use it when the skin heals but not when the process is ongoing.


The Glasgold Group, led by Drs. Mark and Robert Glasgold, is a renowned plastic surgery practice with highly-qualified professionals who are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. They specialize in a variety of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures including chemical peels in New Jersey. If you find yourself wanting to further improve your appearance, they can help you choose the right option for you.


Guest Post by Mark Glasgold 

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