Dear reader, fall is coming, and this is the time when your skin is less likely to be exposed to the sun. That means your esthetician expects you to have a peeling – one of the simple, safe, and cost-effective cosmetic procedures aimed at evening out skin tone and reducing pigmentation. How does it work? A high-strength exfoliant is applied to the face and left for a certain amount of time. Most people feel a slight burning sensation during the procedure, and it’s normal as we remove the upper layers of the skin. Since most chemical peels damage the skin in a controlled manner, there is a period of recovery that requires special care. Read on to learn how to wash your face after a chemical peel.
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Don’t be surprised, but the natural healing process lasts about 7 to 10 days, depending on the type of chemical peel, age, lifestyle, and hormones. At this time, your skin is very vulnerable and requires extremely gentle care. Otherwise, you can catch the infection or end up with scars. Follow the instructions, and you will get back on track sooner than you expect.
Day 1 of Post Chemical Peeling Recovery
Right after the procedure, your skin may appear redder than usual, and it’s a common reaction. We highly encourage you to avoid washing your face within the first 24 hours. The next day you can use a gentle cleanser. Make sure it doesn’t contain any of the harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. It is best to check the list of ingredients and avoid products with aggressive sulfates, fragrances, beta hydroxy acids, or alpha hydroxy acids. Our team is always glad to serve you, and we collect the most gentle cleansers.
This is a gentle cleanser with a milky, non-foaming texture. There is no need for double cleansing, as this product perfectly dissolves makeup and dirt. Simple ingredient listing and reasonably priced. La Roche-Posay cleanser suits highly sensitive skin after a chemical peel.
If your skin is prone to allergies, then Red Better Cleansing will meet your expectations with no adverse reaction. This product is hypoallergenic as it doesn’t contain parabens, preservatives, fragrances, dyes, and phthalates. Soft and gentle. It leaves your skin sparkling clean with no feeling of tightness or dryness.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser can become your new go-to. It leaves the skin really refreshed, clean and soft. The list of ingredients is impressive. Upon checking, you may find Coco-Glucoside. This is a well-known surfactant – biodegradable and mild to the skin. It also contains antioxidants, emollients, and humectants.
Day 2 to 7 of Post Chemical Peeling Recovery
After 2 to 3 days of the procedure, you may expect your skin to start peeling. That’s a very good sign! A “new skin” is on the way to make your face glow and smooth. Be patient, and don’t pick off flaky skin. It only lasts 2 to 5 days and can be easily controlled with a good hydrating moisturizer or a special ointment prescribed by your dermatologist.
Keep washing your face two times a day – morning and night. Make sure the water is slightly warm as hot may irritate and dry out your skin, and cold doesn’t allow the pores to open. Avoid using any rough materials like sponges or washcloths. Scrubbing your face will not eliminate more dirt or oil but only worsen the process of healing.
Day 7 to 10 of Post Chemical Peeling Recovery
Most skin-stripping should be done on the seventh day, and your face would look slightly red. You can start wearing mascara or lipstick. The only thing you should avoid is using a heavy foundation or concealer. Your skin is still regenerating and can’t resist harsh friction on your cheeks.
You can use alcohol-free micellar water to remove makeup from the eyes. Pour it into a cotton pad, then gently press the pad over your closed eyes for a few seconds and slowly swipe towards the outer corner of the eyes. If you think that micellar water doesn’t do its job well, you can try cleansing oil. Just use your fingers to apply the oil to the closed eyes, gently massage it for a minute, and then rinse it off. Finally, use a cleanser followed by a thick layer of unscented moisturizer all over your face.