Proper care beforehand is an integral part of your procedure; it will allow for the best possible results
  • DISCONTINUE the use of tanning beds at least 2 weeks prior to a chemical peel treatment. In fact, I advise that you stop using tanning beds altogether because they increase your risk of skin cancer and accelerate visible signs of aging
  • AVOID extensive sun exposure, especially 10 days prior to your scheduled chemical peel treatment
  • NO facial waxing for 7 days prior to your treatment
  • For those of you who are on an acne treatment regimen, you need to stop the use of Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo or Ziana 5 days prior to your treatment
  • If you are using Retinol products, stop the use of Retin-A (retinol) product application 72 hours prior to a chemical peel. High percentage alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) products should be stopped 5 days before a treatment
  • ALWAYS apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily (at least SPF 40 or higher)
  • AVOID the gym 24 hours prior to a chemical peel
  • NO other professional skincare treatments for 14 days after a chemical peel
  • NO waxing 7 days prior and 4 weeks after the treatment


Avoid the following 48 hours after you have received your peel
  • Do NOT wash your face until the following morning
  • Do NOT apply makeup/foundation for 12-24 hours
  • Stay as cool as possible for 5 days post treatment. Overheating internally can cause hyperpigmentation
  • Do NOT direct a hair dryer onto the treated area for the first 5 day following the treatment
  • Do NOT put the treated area directly into a hot shower spray for 5 days post treatment
  • Do NOT use hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas for 5 days post treatment
  • Do NOT participate in activities that cause excessive perspiration for 5 days post treatment
  • Do NOT go swimming for 5 days post treatment
  • Do NOT apply ice or ice water to the treated area in the first 12-24 hours
  • Do NOT use any form of mechanical exfoliation for the first week following the treatment – Treat skin delicately and avoid any harsh products, rough towels or washcloths

What to expect


  • Not everyone will experience peeling after a chemical peel treatment! This is important to highlight!! Not peeling after your chemical peel treatment does not mean that the peel was ineffective. It simply means that your skin type exfoliates on a microscopic level. However, if you do experiences peeling, do NOT pick, scratch or help remove any flaking or sloughing skin
  • Apply a gentle moisturizer often and always follow with an SPF 40+
  • Do NOT apply any alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids or other vitamin A compounds for  7 days or until skin has completely healed
  • NO laser treatments, waxing or microdermabrasion treatments for 4 weeks
  • ALWAYS wear SPF 40+ daily and reapply every 2 hours when outdoors

P.S. My personal favorite SPF post peel is

Sorella’s Quench & Protect SPF … aaah, so hydrating!)