Is It Normal to Peel 2 Weeks After Vitalize Peel?

I had a Vitalize Peel done on 3-2-2012. I'm still peeling as of today (03-15-2012) I'm peeling on my nose, forehead, and both sides of cheeks. Is this normal? Should I use a gentle exfoliator? I still have a good amount of peeling left... Thank You In Advance : )

Doctor Answers 3

After your Vitalize Peel

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Generally, peeling will last 2 to 5 days with flaking occurring after 48 hours, so your peeling results are a bit above average. Most flaking can be controlled with moisturizers. It is also imperative that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20 and avoid direct sunlight for at least another week. Use a gentle cleanser such as SkinMedica Sensitive Skin Cleanser or any other cleanser that does not contain soap.

Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes pretty normal but check with your provider

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If you’ve never had a vitalize peel done before or never used Retin-A it is normal to still be peeling a couple of weeks after. Usually the peeling begins 48 hours after the peel and may last 7-10 day or longer depending on your skin. More peeling means that you really needed the peel and you will get better results. You should moisturize more often and use a good sun block to protect your skin from sun damage after the peel. If you choose to do another treatment in 4-6 weeks most likely you won’t have as much peeling as the first time.

Yes, you can have a second phase of peeling.

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It sounds as if you had a chemical peel that contained more than one ingredient. Because some of the chemicals in a chemical peel can cause a more rapid response by the skin than other chemicals, one may experience another phase of peeling about a week after the first phase. This is very common. I would not recommend a gentle exfoliator unless you absolutely have to (due to work or a special occasion), as you may induce more peeling. Rather, consider applying a heavier moisturizer for a couple of days, such as CeraVe or Eucerin.

Christine Glavey, MD (retired)
Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

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