CLIENT PRE PEEL CARE INSTRUCTIONS
• Discontinue use of Retin-A, Renova, Adapalene, Hydroxyl Acid, Differin Gel, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, or Retinol/Vitamin A derivative product for at least one week prior to your peel.
• If you are being treated for pigmentation, your skincare provider will provide a pigment inhibitor to be used twice a day 30 days prior to treatment.
• Avoid tanning and extreme sun exposure for at least 30 days prior to your peel.
• You will not be treated if you have an infection or severe cold/flu OR are taking an antibiotic.
• You cannot have the peel treatment if you have used Accutane or its derivatives within the last year.
• You cannot have the peel if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have active cancer or are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.
• You cannot have the peel treatment if you have active herpes. If an antiviral medication has been prescribed for you, you must begin taking the first dose Two (2) days prior to your appointment.
• Please ensure that you have adequate sun protection in the form of a hat and scarf to be utilized directly after treatment.
• Do not wear contact lenses to your appointment.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING PEEL - INSTRUCTIONS
The First Day
Immediately following your peel treatment, you are not to wash your face or get the area wet for at least 6 hours. You can enhance your results by leaving it on the skin for a full 24 hours.
You will want to avoid working out, saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools, an excessively hot baths/showers for the duration of your peel.
The Second Day
You can wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer and SPF. It is imperative to reapply your SPF every two hours if you are being exposed to the sun (whether that be through outside or sitting near windows). You will not use any active serums for the next 7-10 days. Inbetween cleansings, you may apply Aquaphor to the skin when you start feeling dry and tight. You will gently pat this into the skin.
If your skin may begin to feel itchy, you can apply a hydrocortisone cream.
The Third to the Tenth Day
By the third day, you will have active skin peeling. This typically will start around the mouth and move upward and outward until the entire face is peeling. DO NOT PEEL OR PULL OFF THE SKIN as this could relate in scarring and permanent damage.
You will continue to follow the use of the gentle cleanser, [serum, if approved], moisturizer and SPF. Keep applying the Aquaphor by patting gently so as not to rub the skin off prematurely.
By the tenth day, you should be done peeling or only have some remnants of dead skin around your hairline. To remove these final bits of peeling, it is recommended to use an enzyme mask for 10 minutes.
During the peel you may go out, but you MUST protect yourself from exposure to the sun. Wear a large hat out of doors, sunglasses and a silk or light cotton scarf to protect your neck. Take particular caution whilst driving in a car. The sun is intensified through glass, so protect the sides of your face as well as your neck, with a scarf. Limit time spend outside to the cooler part of the day. During the winter, protect your face from the cold and wind with a light woolen scarf across your cheeks.
• Drink lots of fluids, especially the first two days. Try to drink 8 to 10 glasses a day. (preferably water and fruit juice)
• Avoid alcohol during this period.
• Oral antihistamine such as Benadryl may help with itching, but is sedating so do not drive whilst taking antihistamines.
• Try to rest as much as you can.
• From the moment your face begins to peel, DO NOT expose your new skin to the sun, wind and cold.
• If it is absolutely necessary to expose your skin to these elements, be sure to protect the new skin with a sun screen cream obtainable from us.
• Do not exercise profusely. Perspiration could irritate the skin. Avoid excess heat, steam or extreme cold.