Chemical Peel 101: What To Expect Before, During And After The Procedure

Written by Anjali AgarwalSep 16, 2023
Chemical peel 101: What to expect before, during and after the procedure

Any skincare treatment that promises clear and spotless skin is obvious to be the talk of the town. One such treatment that works at removing acne scars and improving the overall complexion of your skin is a chemical peel. Not only that; it reduces wrinkles, sun damage and minor imperfections, giving you smoother, porcelain skin.

Chemical solutions and skin acids are used to remove the outer layer of the skin and shed dead skin cells, which unlocks new and blemish-free skin. It is one of the most sought-after skincare treatments in the beauty world. However, if you are clueless about it (and slightly interested after reading this), let us give you the 101 on the chemical peel procedure.

Take a look at how to prep your skin before the chemical peel, what you can expect during and how to care for your skin after the treatment. 


Things to remember before the peel

Skincare after the peel

You need to prepare your skin for the chemical peel with the right skincare routine and proper care. Here are some dos and don’ts and skincare tips you need to remember:

  • Avoid using any hair removal creams or bleach on your face at least a week before the treatment.
  • Do not exfoliate, wax or take any skincare treatments like microdermabrasion, electrolysis or any other chemical peel that might cause stress to your skin.
  • Limit your time under the sun and wear SPF every time you go out.
  • Refrain from using beauty products like a loofah, masks, scrubs that might dry out your skin or cause irritation.
  • Stop using Retin-A, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid and other acne-fighting ingredients about three to four days before the treatment. 


What can you expect from the procedure?

Skincare after the peel

The procedure can take somewhere between 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of peel performed. It is an outpatient procedure and doesn’t require you to stay in for the night. Here’s what you can expect during the treatment: 

  • First, your face is cleansed thoroughly.
  • Chemical solutions like trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, phenol or salicylic acid are brushed and left on the affected areas of your skin for some time.
  • You may feel a burning sensation on your skin followed by a stinging feeling as the areas with peel turn grey in colour.
  • Cold compress is applied to neutralise the chemical solution. This subsides the stinging as well. 
  • Do not wear contact lenses during the peel to avoid irritation and damage caused due to the dust and chemicals. 


Skincare after the peel

Skincare after the peel

  • You may experience redness, irritation and dryness. Make sure you keep your skin moisturised with the prescribed lotions and medications.
  • Your skin sheds and peels for at least 10 days from the procedure. Remember to keep your hands off from your face and in no circumstances should you be picking your skin.
  • Swear by sunscreen as your new skin can easily get sunburned when the immature cells are exposed to harmful UV rays.
  • It can take about a week for the results to show. Until then, don’t exfoliate or use anything on your skin other than a moisturiser and SPF.

Anjali Agarwal

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