post treatment care – skin peels

Skin peels target and correct various skin concerns including acne and acne scars, pigmentation and melasma, fine lines, dry skin and oily skin. The topical application of a refined acid to the skin initiates collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis, improving skin tone and texture. Skin peels provide an effective alternative to traditional skin improvement methods such as facials, delivering longer lasting benefits and corrections at a dermal level.

Mild swelling and redness commonly occurs at the site of treatment for the first few hours post treatment. Some may experience slight discomfort or stinging for several days post treatment, and may find it beneficial to apply ice packs, a soothing gel, or take antihistamines (Telfast). Hot water and heat should be avoided for the first few hours post treatment.
The treated area may be at risk of developing pigmentation post treatment. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure, solariums, and spray tans 2 weeks post treatment and to apply a SPF 30+ sunscreen.
Due to the swelling and heat associated with laser treatment, it is recommended to avoid any physical activity that increases the body’s temperature 24 hours post treatment. Excessive perspiration can lead to infected follicles, and chemicals present in pools and spas can aggravate a compromised skin. Maintaining a cool, clean skin can expedite recovery time.
Water should not be applied to the treated area for 24hrs post treatment. Cleansers and moisturisers used post treatment should be low irritant and soothe the skin, products containing active ingredients may cause irritation post treatment. Retinols, glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids, and harsh exfoliants should be avoided for at least 1 week post treatment. Waxing, facials and microdermabrasion should be avoided for at least 2 weeks post treatments. Make-up, deodorants and perfumes may be applied 24 hours post treatment. Exposed areas should be protected with a SPF 30+ sunscreen immediately after treatment. It is important to allow the skin to exfoliate naturally post treatment, do not pick or use wash cloths to expediate the removal of flaking skin. It is advised to increase you water consumption post treatment to assist the skins ability to produce and maintain collagen.
The treated area will take approximately 1-2 days to stabilise post treatment. Typically, the skin will be slightly swollen and tight prior to peeling. By day 3-4 microscopic peeling should commence. The skin will be more reactive and some may experience a mild stinging or itchiness as the skin flakes and generates new collagen and elastin. Some may experience pigment darkening, and subsequent lesion peeling. It is recommended not to exfoliate or use active ingredients during this period as the skin may be compromised and prone to irritation. Variation in the rate of recovery is based on skin colour, skin sensitivity and peel intensity.

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