How long must I wait to have a facial after a medium TCA peel? Thanks.
Facial After Peel?
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Facial after a peel
Thank you for your question. I would recommend waiting between 4 to 6 weeks after a peel before receiving a facial. The skin is very sensitive and if you do to much you could cause post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Speak with your aesthetician about treatment options, sometimes 4 weeks after a peel a light facial and enzyme treatment can be used to remove any additional dead skin.
Facial after a Peel
Even though it is a medium strength Chemical Peel, the skin after a peel is quite sensitive and any additional chemicals in a facial can be harmful for upto 6 weeks. If it is a simple cleansing facial with a little massage, that may be ok to have but not for at least 3 weeks. The peel can continue to heal for 6 weeks thus avoiding additional trauma is best.
I typically recommend my patients wait 1-2 weeks after a medium depth TCA peel (35% or greater) prior to any facials or irritants such as glycolic acids, Vitamin C, or retinoids to be used on the face. In our practice, we offer a post procedure facial that utilizes growth factors and nourishing masks to promote healing after a peel and to promote longterm collagen production. Make your facialist aware of your previous procedure so the appropriate types of treatments are used during your facial.
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Usually 1 week later after a medium TCA peel is a good time to get a facial since they can exfoliate or remove any remaining stubborn skin which hasn't come off yet. Sincerely,
Avoid Facial directly after a chemical peel
After a medium depth TCA peel your skin is especially sensitive for 1- 4 weeks or more depending on your skin type. You should ask the physician who did the peel if it's safe or recommended to have a facial and how long you should wait. You skin should be fully healed and no longer red from the peel before you even consider a facial.