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What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

It’s no secret that cosmetic procedures are on the rise. More people are turning to procedures to fix their blemishes, heal their skin, and look great. So, you might be familiar with Botox injections and breast augmentation, but what about chemical peels?

Chemical peels are a game-changer for anyone looking to improve their skin. A good chemical peel can balance your skin tone, clear acne, and even improve the appearance of wrinkles. In fact, they’re so effective that there was a 15.9% increase in chemical peels in 2017.

Are you intimidated by getting your first chemical peel? Don’t worry! Here’s everything you need to know about what to expect after a chemical peel.

Practitioner applying a chemical peel to a female patient's face in a beauty clinic

What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels may be popular, but they’re no walk in the park. There is careful post-procedure care after a chemical peel that must be followed.

In order to properly treat your chemical peel, you need to know what to expect. For instance:

  • Red skin after chemical peel procedures is completely normal.
  • You might also experience a stinging sensation on your face. These symptoms will fade after a few hours.
  • It’s also common for your skin to break out during recovery. Don’t worry if this happens to you. This is natural because your outer skin layers are no longer blocking your pores.
  • The most common occurrence of a chemical peel is peeling skin. The experience of dead skin peeling off is similar to the effects of a sunburn. The amount and duration of your skin peeling depend on the severity of your chemical peel.


How long should you expect to experience the effects of a chemical peel? It depends. In general:

  • Recovery can take anywhere from 3 days – 2 weeks depending on the type of chemical peel. For example, someone going through a chemical peel for anti-aging might have a faster recovery than an anti-acne peel.
  • For most peels, expect a recovery time of about 5-7 days.
  • Your skin will dry out within a few hours after the procedure. At that time, it’s important to drink water and stay hydrated.
  • You should also avoid washing your face for the first 24 hours after your peel.
  • Your skin will break out within the first two days of the peel. The middle days are when you can expect to experience intense peeling.

What to Do After a Chemical Peel

What’s the secret to looking great after a chemical peel? It all comes down to after-chemical peel care. Remember:

  • The most important thing to keep in mind is to avoid picking your skin. Picking and pulling your skin can result in scarring.
  • Be careful when washing your face. Use only cool water and avoid rubbing your face. Be as gentle as possible to avoid interfering with the healing process.
  • During face washing, you should use a non-soap cleanser. Avoid scrubs or other face treatments until you’re fully healed.
  • You need to protect yourself from the sun. Avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen to further protect your skin.

Your Chemical Peel

Do you have more questions about what to expect after a chemical peel? Our team members can help schedule a chemical peel for you and answer any questions you may have. Unveil your beautiful skin with a chemical peel today!

Contact us to schedule a service or consultation. Our anti-aging lounges are conveniently located in Waukesha and Milwaukee.

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