Facial After Peel?

How long must I wait to have a facial after a medium TCA peel? Thanks.

Answers (5)

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.

-Best wishes

Pablo Prichard, MD

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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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.

TCA Peels

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.   

Annie Chiu, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologist

Facials after medium TCA peels.

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,

David Hansen,MD

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.

Doris Day, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.

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