WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR SKIN TREATMENT

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PREPPING FOR YOUR TREATMENT*:

To prepare for any type of skin treatment, you’re going to have to go on a break from a few products and treatments, at least for a little while. One week before the peel, avoid electrolysis, waxing and/or other depilatory hair removal products or methods. In the days leading up to the peel (48 hours), avoid using abrasive scrubs, exfoliates, facial masks, self-tanners, bleaching or skin-lightening agents, or prescription skin care products, like Retin-A, Differein, Tazorac, or benzoyl peroxide.  Also it is important to avoid unprotected sun exposure at least four weeks prior to the procedure to help prevent irregular pigmentation for the areas being treated.


Your skin care professional will give you all instructions on how to care for your skin prior to your procedure.

PLANNING FOR YOUR POST TREATMENT CARE*:

Your skin care professional will give you all instructions on how to care for your skin after to your procedure*. While this is not a complete list, here are a few things that maximize recovery time and results:


 

  • Keep the new skin clean and moisturized
  • Anti-inflammatory creams or cold compresses may be used as necessary
  • Use a gentle cleanser.
  • Trauma such as scratching or picking the treated area should be avoided.
  • It is important to avoid irritating the treated skin with harsh chemicals, rubbing or tanning for one week.
  • Avoid staying in the sun for at least 7 days after the treatment to prevent UV rays from damaging your skin which slows down the recovery.
  • Patients who absolutely cannot avoid sun exposure should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Do not use glycolic, alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, retinol, benzyl peroxide or topical acne medications for 5 days following treatment.
  • You may resume prescription retinoid products (Retin A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands f Tretinoin and other prescription retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) about 7 days after the treatment or as instructed by your technician.


*All instructions are different and dependent upon the actual procedure being performed.