CONTRAINDICATIONS TO ALL PEELS:
If you have any of the following, a peel should not be done at this time and you must notify your provider immediately;
- Use of Accutane in the last 6 months
- Active herpes simplex (cold sores)
- Facial Warts
- If you are now pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to become pregnant
- If you form keloid or hypertrophic scars
- If you have a history of sun allergies
- Prior bad reaction to a peel
- Recent radiation treatment for cancer
- Sun burn or significant sun exposure in the last two days
- Surgery or cryosurgery within the last month to the area that you plan to have peeled
- Allergic to Resorcinol
- Allergies to salicylic acids (aspirin)
- Blood vessel disease
- Inflammation, irritation or infection of the skin
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Kidney or Liver disease
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOUR PEEL:
- When cleansing, do not scrub. Use a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil.
- With any peel, your skin may start to peel 1-3 days after the peel and continue to peel for 2-5 more days; however, it is also possible your skin may not peel at all.
- Do not peel, pick or scratch the treated area, as this may result in scarring.
- Apply polysporin, bacitracin or Vaseline to dry flaky areas or as directed by your provider.
- Do not have any other facial treatments for at least 2 weeks after your peel or until the skin is smooth and back to normal.
- If given a cortisone cream by your provider, please apply it 1-3 times per day to red irritated areas or as directed. Follow any additional and all instructions given to you by your provider.
- Always wear your sunscreen; apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 every morning.
Patients may have tightness and smoothness immediately post-peel. Peeling usually begins 1-2 days after peel and can extend up to 7 days. Transient hyper-pigmentation and superficial crusting is possible in areas of inflamed acne.
Skin type III may experience darkening after peel due to increased shedding of the outer layers. Minor side effects may include, but are not limited to superficial crusting, edema and temporary bruising in the lower eyelid areas, hypo-pigmentation, temporary dryness and hyper-pigmentation, all which typically resolves quickly.