How to Care for Your Skin After a Glycolic Acid Peel

Now you have completed a Glycolic peel, and wondering what’s next. Post treatment for home peel is an important step to aiding your skin to full recovery. It is not uncommon to witness redness, darkening of spots and flaking during the healing process. Post-treatment skin might look even worse, with a sunburn tinge before getting better. So rest assured that the dark spots will fade and redness or flaking reduced in time. Meanwhile, here are some tips on getting your skin back in shape and better than ever before.

It is crucial for a chemical peel user to choose his/her facial care products wisely. Remember to use a non-non-comedogenic sunscreen with an SPF of 35 or higher in the daytime. It is recommended to use a higher SPF sunscreen (SPF 45 and above) if you are doing glycolic acid peels of 30% or higher. I prefer using a 60 SPF sunscreen in the morning and reapply a 30 or 45 SPF sunscreen if I am to be exposed in the sun for 1 hour or longer for that day.

A strict skin care regime of using a non-irritating line of products a few days before and after a peel is necessary. Here are some products to avoid just before and after a peel. The use of conventional toners after a peel is not a good idea as they usually have a high alcohol content and are perfumed. Perfume or fragrance in a product consists of a whole list of possible skin irritants so it is best to avoid them 4 or 5 days before or after a peel.

Another thing to avoid using is a Retinol product after or too soon before a peel since Retinoid products are powerful exfoliants and will increase the sensitivity of the skin. It is best to not use a Retinol product too soon before a peel either as your skin will be too irritated and he aftermath will be harsher. Last but not least, using another acid-based product as it will be more irritating to your skin then necessary. Wait a good 4 or 5 days before using another acid-base product. This will allow your skin to rest and heal.

A good treatment is to use a calming toner made of rosewater and cucumber. Simply soak rose petals in distilled water overnight or longer and combine with the juice of half a cucumber. Store it in the fridge in a spray bottle. You can also buy bottled rosewater in health food stores but make sure there isn’t other irritating ingredients added. Another great post-peel treatment for post-peel is to use a drop or two of healing cold-pressed virgin oils, such as Borage, Rosehip, Tamanu Oil over your entire face. These oils are great for calming and healing wounds while being perfume and preservative-free. These oils are available at health food stores as well as on the internet.

Stabilized vitamin C serums will also help your skin renew itself but be sure to wait a couple of days after a peel before applying it as vitamin C contains citric acid. Vitamin C will help make your complexion more radiant, elastic and even. Use them in day under sunscreen. Retinoids and Retinol treatment can be resumed 4-5 days after a peel if more exfoliating is desired. Wait another week or month, depending on the percentage of the peel (generally the higher the percentage, the longer you should wait) between peel sessions.

Treating your skin well during the post-treatment period will greatly increase the healing rate of your skin. Be sure to wear a good sunscreen with sufficient SPF during the day and your skin will look amazing in no time.