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Reminders for Patients


Pre-treatment instructions: 

· Patients can benefit from using retinol to prep for a peel. Retinol thins the top layer of the skin, which helps increase cell turnover, and helps the peel penetrate deeper into the skin. However, it is recommended to discontinue using retinol a week before the peel. Failure to discontinue retinol approximately 4 days to a week before a peel can result in over-irritation of the skin during and after the peel. 

· No peels should be performed if you have been on Accutane within the past year.

· No peels should be performed if you have had laser resurfacing surgery within the past six months.

· No peels should be performed on anyone that is pregnant or lactating. 

· No peels should be performed if you have active herpes, any autoimmune disorders, have had recent chemotherapy or radiation treatment, currently have sunburn on the desired area of treatment, have broken skin or have recently waxed or used depilatories on area to be treated. 

· Avoid receiving injections for 10-14 days before chemical peels and 10 days after. 



  • We cannot treat a patient who has been on Accutane within the past six months.
  • Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the area(s) being treated
  • Had radiation treatment to the skin within past year
  • Any kind of current skin infection or herpes simplex to the area to be treated (microneedling can trigger outbreaks)
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding (numbing cream cannot be applied to mother)
  • History of keloid scarring or hyperactive scarring
  • Poor wound healing
  • Active chronic skin condition (eczema, psoriasis, active cystic acne, rosacea) in area being treated
  • Diabetes (delayed wound healing)
  • Presence of raised moles, warts or lesions in the area(s)
  • Botox/Dermal fillers injected within past 2 weeks
  • Microneedling or other skin resurfacing within past two weeks


Post treatment instructions: 

· Moisturizing is important after a peel since your skin will feel dry. Apply moisturizer whenever your skin feels tight, dry, or itchy. 

· Do not peel or pick at flaking skin. Peeling or picking at flaking skin can result in pigmenting or scarring the skin.

· Do not exfoliate, scrub, or wash skin with hot water throughout the length of healing time, as we want the skin to peel naturally on its own time. 

· Products with a high percentage of botanicals and essential oils are not recommended for use post treatment. 

· Products that are nourishing to the skin and will not have a low pH are recommended for post treatment care. 

· Sunscreen is very important! Your new skin that is being revealed post peel is especially sensitive to the sun. If possible, completely avoid the sun until you are finished healing. Apply a minimum of SPF 30 multiple times per day if you are going to be exposed to any sunlight. You can even get sun exposure while driving or riding in a car. 


Effects of peels: 

· Effects of peels can include redness, swelling, peeling, dryness, stinging, scabbing, itching and flaking.

· Excessive burning, itching, and rashes can be associated with an allergic reaction or patients with very sensitive skin. 

· Blistering can occur if the peel is left on for longer than recommended or when the peeling agent is too aggressive or the skin type. Generally blistering does not cause permanent damage to the skin.

· In rare cases, patients may experience permanent darkening or lightening of the skin or scarring and infection. These risks can be significantly reduced by following all pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions.

· Please contact our office if you experience any of the above symptoms. 

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Any questions about which facial or peel would be best for you? Send us a message!

Pure Cosmetics, PLLC.

Raleigh: (866) 691-4427 Wilmington: (910) 232-2835