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Chemical Peel Process: What to Expect Day By Day

Makeup is an excellent tool for emphasizing your best features and defining your face contours, but if you slather on too much to hide flaws in your complexion, you may be doing more harm than good. Most skin flaws that detract from your overall beauty are superficial and on the skin's surface. Removing the damaged outer layer of skin with a chemical peel reveals the younger, healthier skin underneath.

With its exfoliating properties, a chemical peel is a highly effective method of skin rejuvenation. Acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, big pores, discoloration, and uneven tone and texture are some of the skin issues that can be addressed with a chemical peel. The depth to which these flaws are embedded in the skin is related to the concentration of the chemical peel.

Because the depth of penetration also influences the healing time, you may need to start planning far in advance if you want to revive your skin for a big event. Here's a quick rundown of a chemical peel's typical daily recovery schedule.

Chemical Peel Appointment

Your physician must administer the chemical peel before you begin your daily routine. People worry a lot about how getting a peel will feel and if it will hurt. You should make an appointment for a consultation with your dermatologist before undergoing a chemical peel so that they can explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

After checking in at the reception desk, the first thing to do is clean your face. When you wash your face, you eliminate the buildup of dead skin cells, cosmetics, and other debris (such as skin care products) that may have accumulated on your face. You're left with a smooth surface prepped for the peel.

(The level of discomfort you experience with a chemical peel depends on the depth of the peel, which varies amongst skin care clinics.) The medium-depth chemical peel offered by Skin Pharm is not painful, with most patients describing the experience as tingling, warm, or tight. If the stinging sensation becomes too much for the patient during treatment, we provide them with pain relievers.

Post Chemical Peel - Day 1

What can you anticipate on the first day after your chemical peel is finished and you leave the office?

You'll walk out of the clinic with the peel solution remaining on your face, gradually turning your skin yellow. (Don't worry; this only indicates that it's effective.) A few hours later, you'll put on the retinol cream your doctor prescribed.

As the retinol begins to take effect, you may experience irritation and redness. Many report a sensation not unlike that of a sunburn. But the characteristic peeling that follows a chemical peel won't begin for another day.

There are a few deliberations to bear in mind while your skin is still healing. Your skin is highly delicate and untreated; therefore, you should take extra care to shield it. Avoid intense and other activities that cause sweating to preserve it and get the best possible results.

In addition, if you can't avoid being in the sun, at least protect yourself by donning sunscreen (with at least an SPF of 30) whenever you go outside.

Keeping your skin from drying out is another requirement. Applying a cream to raw skin might be painful, but the skin cannot recover without moisture. If you let your skin dry out too much, you increase the risk of scabbing and scarring, which can delay the healing process.

Post Chemical Peel - Day 2

You may first notice your skin peeling on day two of the chemical peel treatment. Between the eyes and at the nose and mouth corners are familiar places to see the first signs of dehydration and sloughing skin.

Don't give in to the impulse to manually assist your skin's peeling process. After a mild cleansing, try using a product like lotion to rehydrate your skin.

In the first several days, many people's faces become so red that they can't face going out in public. Keep this reaction to your chemical peel in mind, and avoid scheduling anything significant on the days after your treatment.

Before getting a peel, people who suffer from acne may experience a "purging" of any hidden outbreaks. Using a new retinol skin care product is rare but conceivable.

Post Chemical Peel - Days 3 & 4

Your skin is most prone to peel and flake on days 3 and 4. These are the times when your skin is the most sensitive and uncomfortable. Carefully adhering to your doctor's skincare instructions will help safeguard your skin and speed up its natural healing process.

More than ever, taking care of your skin is crucial. In addition to sunscreen, you should consider donning a sun hat to prevent sunburn. Keep your healing process on track by doing that.

If you find that some parts of your face peel more than others, don't worry about it. This is a specific part of the skin's recovery process and should not cause any alarm.

Post Chemical Peel - Day 7

The outcomes of your chemical peel will only become visible for an entire week after treatment. Now, the itching, flaking, and redness you've been through are paying off. Your skin's ability to heal fast after a chemical peel determines how soon you may resume your regular skincare routine.

If you've been peeling, wait until your skin has healed before using anything too abrasive or harsh. You can safely switch back when your skin is no longer as tight and dry.

Post Chemical Peel - Day 7+

By the end of your chemical peel, your skin will be less dry and sensitive. Even though your skin has undergone a treatment designed to safely "damage" your skin so that it looks better than ever, the healing process may still be evident.

Some portions of your skin, especially the more delicate ones, may start to crust, scab, or even change color. About two weeks following your chemical peel, this will be finished. Although some redness may last for months, it is more likely to fade in hotter conditions or after exercise.


If you're considering this revolutionary cosmetic procedure, it's integral to have a thorough understanding of the day-to-day steps involved in a chemical peel. Recovery time is more significant than other cosmetic procedures, but the results last a lifetime and often exceed expectations.

If you're ready to take your skincare with chemical peels to the next level, don't hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment through our Skin Logic website to see how our services will fulfill your needs.

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