Chemicals peels are good for improving hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, skin texture and discolouration. However, the peel does leave your skin red and your skin continues to shed for a few days post the peel. But, that’s a small price to pay for gorgeous, glowing skin, don’t you think?
However, it’s necessary to take good care of your skin post a chemical peel to prevent skin damage and reduce the downtime. Here is a list of all the dos you should follow post a chemical peel.
Protect skin with SPF
There’s no better way to protect your skin after a chemical peel than by applying a good sunscreen such as the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30. The non-oily formula is suitable for all skin types and forms a protective layer on the skin to prevent the harmful rays of the sun from the damaging your skin.
Keep your hands off
Your skin is going to feel extra sensitive after a chemical peel; it might feel tight and stretchy so avoid touching your face. Since the top layer of your skin is removed during the peel, it makes it easier for dirt and bacteria to penetrate the pores, hence, it’s recommended to avoid touching your face during this period.
Allow it to peel
As the name suggests, a chemical peel will cause your skin to peel. No matter how tempted you are to remove the dry, dead skin layer by pulling, peeling or rubbing – DON’T! Let your skin shed the layers and heal at its own pace. You can do a mild exfoliation at home, just use a dry washcloth and buff the skin while dry. Using a physical exfoliator might irritate the skin, so steer clear of those for a while.
Avoid wearing makeup
Most dermats will ask you to avoid wearing makeup for a while. This is because the ingredients in your makeup can end up irritating your sensitive skin. And also because applying foundation on dry, flaky skin is no fun.