Chemical Peel Pre & Post Care

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Preparation for a Chemical Peel

Stop using Retin-A and or high potency AHA and BHA products for at least 7 days prior to your appointment. This will reduce your risk of developing an adverse skin reaction.

Do not squeeze, poke, or extract any pimples! This leaves your skin at risk for infection and scarring. 

Ensure you are not pregnant or breast feeding. There have been no studies to determine the safety of chemical peels on an unborn or breast feeding baby.

Avoid sun exposure or tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to your peel

Avoid microneedling, waxing, or cosmetic injections on the face or neck for at least 2 weeks prior to your peel.

Avoid wearing make-up the day of treatment

Post Treatment Expectations

Expect slight redness lasting 1-12 hours


Expect that your skin will feel tighter and "pulled" the first night


Expect light to moderate exfoliation or flaking of skin in a few localized areas (usually around the nose and mouth) for 3-7 days post treatment (only for peels stronger than the Red Carpet 30% Lactic Acid peel).


Expect softer, glowing, and brighter skin


Post Treatment Tips

Do not cleanse your face the night of the peel

Do not apply ice or water on the treated area

Do not wear make-up until the next day

Do not pick at or pull flaking skin

Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 14 days

Do  not use facial scrubs or mechanical exfoliation methods on the treated area for 14 days

Do not use Retinol, AHA, or BHA for 14 days 

Do not have laser hair removal, photofacials (IPL), chemical peels, or microdermabrasion on the treated area for 14 days

Do not use hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and or excessively hot showers for 14 days

Do not go swimming for 2 days

Do not participate in aerobic activity for 2 days



Use the following skin care products for 5-7 days post peel

A.M. routine

STEP 1: Mild Cleanser. We recommend ZO gentle cleanser.

STEP 2: Moisturize with ZO Revitatrol 

STEP 3: Apply an SPF of 30 or higher. We recommend ZO Oclipse SPF 30


P.M. routine

STEP 1: Mild Cleanser. We recommend ZO gentle cleanser.

STEP 2: Moisturize with ZO Revitatrol 

Questions or concerns

For questions or concerns please contact us at enquiries@dermnurse.ca 

In case of emergency such as an allergic reaction please proceed to the nearest emergency room