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Chemical Peel Precautions
Chemical peel precautions are important for both longterm and short term results like skin brightening and improved skin texture and to ensure safety and minimal adverse side effects. Scroll down for our peel consent form.
Postpone your chemical peel if you’ve overused your products, picked or scrubbed your skin, been close to a heater or hot stove or if you’re excessively dry. No scented detergents, fabric softeners, soaps, shaving products, deodorants or skincare products.
Your should not workout, sweat, or expose your skin to sun or extremely hot or cold weather for 24 hours before or after your chemical peel, or 48 hours before or after body treatments. Even after 48 hours, do not work out if your skin is still irritated in any way.
Heat sources: Avoid hair dryers, heaters, fireplaces, hot ovens, stoves, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, swimming pools, hot wax and hair dryers completely for 24 hours. No space heaters or dry saunas, ever!
Don’t shave for 24 hours and no depilatories, laser hair removal or chemical hair services for 4 days, before or after your peel. No hot wax. If you use a retinoid (vitamin A) or get body peels, you may not use chemical depilatories or get waxed.
Friction: No washcloths, loofahs, sponges, spa gloves, scrubbers, buffers, scrubs, brushes, hair removal gadgets or Clarisonic-type devices. Friction can cause professional peels and active skincare products to irritate your skin. Do not try to scrub off dead skin cells or rub dry with a towel.
Avoid sun. Before and after your peel, don’t drive, work out, swim, go in a sauna, steam room, or hot tub, garden, or stand in direct sun. Apply sunscreen generously when sun exposure is unavoidable and reapply every hour. Wear a large-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Stand in the shade whenever possible.
Purchase a water filter if you live in a hard water area and change the filter often. Avoid saltwater, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and swimming pools for four days post peel.
Use caution! Don’t apply homecare products too thick or too often. The only exception is sunscreen, which should be applied liberally and reapplied every hour. Apply all other leave-on products sparingly and massage in well. Don’t dot active skin brighteners onto dark spots or patches.
Hold off on active home care products for 24 hours after your treatment (except cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen). Start back only in the absence of irritation. Don’t apply active products on irritated, over-dry or peeling skin, on nearby skin, or on sensitive areas that don’t need treatment products.
No snug boots or shoes, sneakers without socks, ribbed or tight socks, tight or spandex leggings, pantyhose, stockings, sandals, strappy shoes or gladiator shoes. These cause friction which can darken the skin in the places where they come into contact.
Tight, binding or synthetic clothing in the peel area is a bad ideae for at least a week. No tight jeans. No hats, scarves or headbands that touch the skin. Wear properly-fitting sports bra only and full-size loose or stretch cotton jersey panties or no panties, soft tube socks worn with loose shoes or Uggs-style boots. No thongs and tight lacy (scratchy) lingerie or clothing. If in doubt, bring it in. Wear loose, breathable cotton clothing only.
Notify us immediately if you experience any prolonged stinging, irritation, redness, deep scaling or unusual skin discoloration. If you’re unsure of your instructions or these restrictions, contact us prior to your peel or product use and/or immediately if problems arise.
Note: Individual results may vary and require compliance to corrective home care products, diligent sun protection, and important lifestyle changes, all of which must be monitored and maintained on a longterm basis.
Light Peel Consent Form
Light skin peels are safe, exfoliating treatments, given alone or with extractions, a customized treatment mask and specialty serums that boost results. Light peel procedures can be repeated as often as every two weeks.
Most clients experience no unpleasant side effects, including visible peeling, though temporary side effects can occasionally include sensitivity, stinging, mild swelling, redness, dry brown patches, tiny scabs, flaking and peeling. Symptoms are temporary and can be relieved by following post-peel instructions below, icing the face, drinking lots of water, using de-flaking toner and applying moisturizer. Sunblock is mandatory and helps prevent and fade pigmentation problems, so don’t be fooled by cloudy or overcast skies.
We don’t offer peels to clients who don’t use sunscreen or are inconsistent.
Don’t expect visible peeling, but don’t be surprised if you do. Dead skin cells are dissolved during the peel procedure and are rinsed off, but dryness and flaking can happen, especially during the winter months.
Benefits of light peels: Peels help gradually lighten dark spots, help reduce fine lines, soften dry skin, dissolve dead skin cells, improve rough texture, help open up and dry out active acne, exfoliate razor bumps, and boost homecare results by allowing active products to penetrate deeper and better.
Before your peel: Don’t over-heat your house, keep the heat on all night, use your car heater, use a space heater, use a hairdryer, or stand near a heater, fireplace or other heat source. You may not shave, go to the gym, work out, get sunburned, or be dehydrated, irritated, feverish or ill. If your skin feels sensitive, or if you are using potent products, schedule a brief follow-up beforehand.
Before your peel, do not apply active products if your skin is super dry or sensitive. If your skin looks red, over-dry or rashy, have shaved, over-scrubbed, used a shaving powder or depilatory, are sunburned, have cold sores, been sweating or drinking too little water, been close to a heater, picked your skin, “dotted” skin lighteners or over-used active products, your peel will be postponed.
After your peel, do not use scrubs, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, BPO, retinoids (topical vitamin A, Differin, Retin A, retinol), AHA products, skin lighteners and/or astringents for a full 24 hours. Avoid direct sun and don’t work out! Don’t try to remove dead skin cells with a washcloth or towel, shave or pick.
I understand this form and hereby give my informed consent for a light skin peel. I have complied with all pre-peel rules. My skin does not feel sensitive or irritated in any way. I have informed the Center of all health problems and any oral or topical medications I may be using. I have not taken Accutane for six full weeks prior to getting this peel.
I understand most dead skin cells are dissolved during the procedure, and washed away when the peel product is removed. I also understand it is difficult to predict how much visible peeling and flaking will occur after this procedure. If I desire brisk, visible peeling following my peel, I will discuss the options with my esthetician before getting this peel.
If want or don’t want visible flaking, I will notify my esthetician. Redness and irritation are minimized by following post-peel instructions and applying home care products exactly as directed. I agree to allow the esthetician to use professional judgment in choosing the appropriate percentage, timing, and pH, with my input. If I need any extractions, it may require three or more treatments and diligent use of specific home acne products. I can request a copy of this consent form for my reference.
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