Chemically Peeled skin needs a lot of protection. When the skin is exposed to acid, the cells deteriorate. It is a controlled acid procedure and the damaged cells start getting replaced by new cells. The new skin formed is very sensitive and fragile. Upper peels need minimum 10 days protection. Medium peeled skin takes one month to heal. And deep peeled skin takes about 3 months to heal. If not taken proper precautions, the new forming skin can deteriorate and cause temporary to permanent damage. In order to avoid such a drastic situation, there are few very simple tips by which you can protect your freshly peeled skin.
1. Do Not Wash Your Skin Immediately
When the skin is freshly peeled, it is neutralized until the itching, inflammation and burning sensations cool down. Ice packs and painkillers are used in medium to deep peeling. After getting neutralized, the skin is covered with a layer of sunscreen. Do not wash your face for minimum 6 hours after the process is completed. The traumatized skin needs time to settle down. If you wash the skin right away, it can cause blisters.
2. Do Not Use Your Regular Face Wash
Chemically peeled skin is extremely fragile and damage prone. It cannot afford to intake any further hard ingredients. No matter how mild your face wash is, use only a face wash prescribed by your dermatologist. You can use cetaphil gentle cleanser and dove soap as well. These gentle products help the skin in healing, without disturbing its already disturbed pH level. In fact, do not tone or cleanse your skin for as long as your dermatologist recommends. The healing skin is peeled layer by layer. It is not advised to even wear your normal moisturizer. In other words, use only the items that your dermatologist prescribe.
3. Do Not Rub Your Skin
The chemically treated skin starts flaking and peeling. It might tempt you to rub off all the peeling skin in a go. Refrain yourself from doing so. Skin has its own healing process. Moist your face and wash it with very soft hands. The skin ready to be removed will come off automatically. If you rub it too hard, you will end up getting pimples, and it can also result in scarring.
4. Never Forget To Wear A Sunscreen
It is advised to stay indoors after your skin is peeled. The time varies depending upon the depth of your peel. If you have had an upper peel treatment, do not step out for minimum 5 days. In case of a medium peel, you should refrain from stepping out for 14 days. And the deep peel requires a month. These precautions are necessary because your newly forming young skin cells are very delicate and prone to weather and UV damage. Wear your sunscreen even if you are not stepping out in the sun. Re-apply it in every two hours. If work doesn’t allow you to take so much rest, still stay indoor for at least 3 days. Whenever stepping out, cover your face with a lot of SPF 50+++ sunscreen. Cover it further with a scarf to stay away from dust. If you are getting a peeling done for dark circles, keep your under eye skin moisturized at all times. Use the serums and creams as and when advised by your doctor regularly.
5. Take Anti-inflammatory Tablets For A Week
Your fragile skin is prone to infections and itching. Every dermatologist recommends taking anti-inflammatory tablets immediately after getting a peel done. In case of infection or inflammation, your skin can easily break out and turn oily. It can also lead to permanent scarring if you scratch it due to itching caused by inflammation. In fact, do not keep touching your skin again and again, no matter how irresistibly soft it may feel. Touching the skin again and again can also lead to infection.
6. Never Scrub Your Face
You might see visible pores, blackheads and whiteheads on your chin and nose after your skin gets peeled. Scrubbing the skin to remove them will lead to scarring and permanent damage. No matter how gentle or creamy scrub you use, the newly formed skin will get various cuts. Those cuts aren’t easy to deal with, since not much can be done on peeled skin for minimum 15 days.
7. Do Not Use The Recommended Creams Immediately
The night and morning creams and serums recommended by your dermat should not be started right away. They can cause irritation and itching when applied on a freshly peeled skin. Use simple gels like nadoxin gel or nadoxin cream for 3 days under your sunscreen. Use the same gel or cream at night too. In fact, you should ideally stop using any of these products 3 days before you want to get your skin peeled.
8. Do Not Wear Makeup
It is no rocket science to understand that the new skin is too delicate to tolerate even mild and gentle things. In such a scenario, makeup can be too harsh. Refrain using any makeup at all for at least a week. Give your skin some time to settle down. You can start using it to conceal your healing skin that is flaky after 7 days.
9. Drink As Much Water As You Can
Your skin, dry or oily, when exposed to chemicals, starts producing a lot of oil. This is because, every skin type becomes too dry to handle for initial 3 to 4 days of peeling. Other than using the gel or cream as prescribed, and rinsing your face with water, it is a good idea to drink water and hydrate your cells internally.
10. Use Ice Packs
If your skin stays itching even after a day, you should start using ice packs. The redness will automatically reduce within few days. But to avoid pain, tingling and itching, treat your skin with cold packs. If you are using ice at home, ensure you use a clean cloth and do not press it too hard against your face. If it persists, visit your dermatologist right away. In fact, excessive sweating and moisture can reduce the effects of peeling. It can further cause zits and pimples. It is best to have an AC to keep away from sweating and humidity. In case you don’t have one, keep rinsing your face every two hours with tap water to keep your face sweat free.
11. Do Not Ignore Dry Patches
It is quite normal for the skin to turn flaky and dark after peeling, but you have be extra careful if you have undergone a medium or deep peel. Every skin reacts differently to medium and deep peels. Dry patches are too common. But if the patches turn red, while all the redness has settled down on the rest of your face, you should visit your dermatologist. There are chances that your skin might be healing in that manner, but there are equal chances that the skin might have developed some infection.
12. Do Not Shampoo Your Hair For 3 Days
Chemically treated skin needs time to settle down. Shampooing your hair might not be a good idea, since the shampoo might drool on your face. It can lead to irritation, itching, pimples and even infections. In fact, you shouldn’t even change your shampoo or conditioner if you are getting peels done to control acne. Changing the shampoo can lead to zits on the forehead than can leave marks. Remember, chemical peeling is one of the most advanced techniques to get rid of all your skin problems. But such a skin needs a lot of pampering. So, follow all the 12 skin care tips from our list to let your skin heal and give you your desired results.