What Moisturizer and Face Wash Should I Use After a Chemical Peel?

I am an african american woman with unpredictable mild acne, undereye bags and an uneven complextion. HELP! Also i want to do the chemical peel at home. Which is recommended?

Doctor Answers 3

Elevase Moisture Booster

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After a chemical peel, a ceramide based moisturizing cream may be a good idea. In our office, we use Elevase Moisture Booster to ease skin dryness. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Products post peel

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Thank you for your question. I recommend using a mild basic cleanser and a hydrating moisturizer or post peel balm following a peel. Based on your concerns I would recommend speaking with a board-certified plastic surgeon or licensed aesthetician to address these concerns and come up with the best treatment option. I do not ever recommend doing a chemical peel at home, if you are not familiar with the product (will vary for each skin type) and proper application techniques it is very easy to cause more harm than good to your skin. 

-Best wishes

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Post chemical peel care

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There are a lot of questions here.  Let's address them one at a time:

1- after a peel one should use a gentle, bland cleaner and a bland rich moisturizer

2- based on the many concerns your mentioned, it is not certain a chemical peel would address them all.  You should have a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist.

3- As I have not examined you, I cannot recommend an at home chemical peel.  Based on your concerns you will probably need to be something stronger in a licensed professional's office.  Good luck!

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist

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