Before, During and After a Chemical Peel
You need to start working on your face sometime around two weeks before your actual chemical peel. You should apply Retin A or alpha hydroxylacid lotion to the area that will be treated with a chemical peel, which can be done before you go to sleep. You should stop using exfoliating sponges around three to four weeks before your first chemical peel. That applies to hair removal too, and that is something very important. Doctors often prescribe acyclovir or famciclovir tablets to be had two days before the treatment. You must have a completely cleansed face when you come to get your chemical peel done and that means that no cologne, after shave, or cosmetics should be applied. Shaving should be avoided on the day of the peel.
The doctors usually review the possible side effects of a chemical peel with the patient before it is done and a final consent is usually taken. Acetone is applied to clean it and degrease it completely. Jessner’s solution is applied to one area of the place to be treated and that is left on the skin for several minutes. The skin does burn and tingle a little bit. The doctor then applies the main chemical peel, which is trichloroacetic acid in most cases. The burning is quite intense when this is done. Cool compresses are finally applied followed by maybe polysporin to help you feel a bit comfortable. It definitely does help quite a bit.
You need to treat your skin gingerly for quite some time after the chemical peel is done. You need to clean your skin with warm water and proper soap. The skin is very sensitive at this time and so and abrasive substances should be discouraged immediately. You must not peel, pick, and scrape of scratch the skin, as it may result in scarring. You need to be quite regular in applying the ointments and in having the medicines the doctor has prescribed for you. Sun exposure must be avoided completely. This can lead to a brown discoloration of the skin. In the case of TCA peels, scarring and brown discoloration of the skin is quite unlikely unless you go to a tanning salon or lie out in the sun after your treatment. Daily sunscreen usage should continue indefinitely to prevent any photo damage from happening.
You can begin wearing your makeup after a week of having finished your chemical peel treatment as long as you do not have any tenderness or crusting on the area. If there is any persistent redness of the skin, it may lead to brown discoloration, so contact the doctor in case you experience this at any time. A brown discoloration may occur and you may end up having a scar if it isn’t treated soon.
And for at least a month, hair removal should be avoided at all costs as it can cause severe irritation of the skin. Hair removal while using Retin A can cause scabbing on the skin, which isn’t pretty. Accutane should be avoided too. It is better to be safe than sorry. So follow your doctor’s instructions on a chemical peel to the tee.