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Chemical peels use acid to break down the top layers of your skin and smooth away uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles.

A good peel can leave your skin glowing. But there are certain side effects to be aware of, like dryness, tingling, itching, burning, redness or tightness.

With the right post-peel skincare, you can minimize or even avoid any potential chemical peel side effects.

Avoiding Chemical Peel Side Effects

Here are 5 ways to minimize your skin’s downtime and avoid any side effects.

1.      Be Careful with Your Products

A chemical peel removes the tough external layer of skin, leaving the delicate skin below exposed. Avoid using products that contain retinoids and exfoliating products in the week leading up to your peel as well as a few weeks post-treatment to minimize damage and irritation.

2.      Rinse with Cool Water

Using hot or warm water on your face may leave it feeling tight, tingling, and sensitive. Rather wash your face with cool water to sooth post-peel sensations.

3.      Stay Safe in the Sun – Or Avoid It

After your chemical peel, your skin will be more sensitive to UV exposure. Avoid hyperpigmentation by staying out of the sun both before and after your peel and be vigilant with your SPF.

4.      Avoid Steam Rooms, Saunas, and Strenuous Exercise

Increasing blood circulation to your face can intensify any post-peel redness, itching, and tingling. Skip these activities both on the day of your peel and for a few days after.

5.      Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Peels do temporarily compromise your facial skin’s protective barrier. That’s why it’s important to slather on moisturizer and keep your skin hydrated. Drink more water to avoid your skin feeling dehydrated and tight.

After an intense peel, your skin may become flaky. Try not to pick at it or you risk being left with scarring. Leave the skin to fall off on its own and heal naturally.

Depending on your sensitivity levels, it’s normal to experience chemical peel side effects, but with these 5 tips, you can minimize or avoid them altogether and ensure you get the best results for your skin.


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