Chemical Peels Instructions


Prior to Treatment


• Avoid tanning and direct sun exposure for 2 weeks prior to each treatment

• Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater everyday for the duration of treatments

• Apply topical products as instructed prior to treatment to prepare the skin

• Discontinue use of any products containing high strength glycolic or lactic acids and prescription retinoids (ie Retin-A or Tazorac) 1-2 weeks prior to treatment

• Treatment areas must be free of any open sore, lesions, or skin infections


After Treatment


• Treated areas may feel sensitive, tight, or dry and may appear pink, red, and slightly swollen for 3-5 days

• Discomfort is rare, and may be alleviated with Tylenol or cool compress 15 minutes every hour a few times a day

• The skin may peel in varying degrees depending on the treatment received. Peeling can last for up to 2 weeks

• Avoid becoming overheated, perspiring excessively, using hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, or excessively hot showers for the first few days

• Apply any post-procedural products as instructed. Regular home skin care products (including retinoids and acids) can be resumed 1-2 weeks after treatment

• Fragrance-free moisturizer can be used twice a day or more frequently as needed for hydration and to decrease the appearance of peeling

• During the healing process, avoid picking, scrubbing, exfoliating, or abrading sensitive or peeling skin as this may increase the risk of scarring and hyperpigmentation

• Mineral makeup may be applied starting the day after treatment, if desired

• Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning bed use for 2-4 weeks after treatment and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide daily.

• Avoid electrolysis, facial waxing, or use of depilatories for 2 weeks after treatment

Geria Dermatology
75 Orient Way, Suite 204
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Phone: 201-623-8000
Fax: 201-623-8000
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