What Peel Best Suits Your Life Style?
Type of Peel Healing timeAt-home care When to wear makeup Follow-up visit
Light or Lunch-Time Peel1 to 7 days. Skin will be red. After the redness disappears, scaling may develop, which lasts 3 to 7 days.Lotion or cream applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen.Usually immediately after the Peel, but sometimes the next day.No. However, 3 to 5 peels may be necessary to give you the desired results. These Peels may be repeated every 2 to 5 weeks.
Medium Depth Peel 7 to 14 days. Skin will be red and swollen. Swelling worsens for 48 hours. Eyelids may swell. Blisters can form and break open. Skin crusts and peels off in 7 to 14 days.Daily soaks for a specified period. Apply ointment after each soak. Take an antiviral medication for 10 to 14 days. Apply lotion or cream. Total avoidance of the sun until skin heals.After 5 to 7 days, you can wear camouflaging makeup.Yes. Follow-up visit required after the procedure.
Deep Peel 14 to 21 days. Area will be bandaged.4 to 6 daily soaks while healing. For 14 days, apply ointment after each soak. After 14 days, apply thick moisturizer as directed. Take an antiviral medication for 10 to 14 days. Total sun avoidance for 3 to 6 months.At least 14 days before you can apply makeup.Yes. The next day, the dermatologist will want to see you. Several follow-up visits are required during the first week.
Information from the American Academy of Dermatology gives a quick overview of the downtime involved in different type of Peels.
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