Do’s & Dont’s After Peels or Microdermabrasion

With the microdermabrasion or professional peel you received in your facial, there are some important things to expect and a few do's and dont's to keep your skin happy over the next few days.

 

THINGS TO EXPECT

Rosy skin afterwards is perfectly normal. Your treatment gave your skin healthy stimulation and any flushness or light 'heat' should calm by the next day.

Pore detoxing. Your treatment helped purge debris that’s been trapped below a buildup of dead skin cells. Any small breakouts you may experience shouldn’t linger (and you may see few to none at all!).

Slightly drier skin. Minor flaking can occur. A calming moisturizer is your single most important tool for the next few days. Be consistent and be generous – it will help your skin recover quickly and will help keep any small breakouts at bay.



THINGS TO DO & NOT DO

Generous sunscreen – and direct sun exposure – is an absolute must. You should do this everyday, but it’s extra important now that some very youthful skin cells are at the surface. Avoid major sun at the pool or beach for 2-3 days.

Cleanse gently and moisturize heavily. Use a light cleanser and gently pat your face dry after washing. Moisturize thoroughly, multiple times daily. You'll recover quicker and see a clearer result.

Avoid exfoliation and more heavy hitting products. For the next 3-5 days, avoid scrubs, at-home peels (AHAs, BHAs, fruit enzymes), retinol- or Vitamin C-based serums, or prescription topicals like benzyl peroxide (all of which have exfoliating properties). Also, don’t wax, dermaplane, or receive any laser treatments for 5 days. For gents, don’t shave for 24 hours. 

Avoid heavy sweating workouts until the next day (bikram yoga, major cardio, etc.). Your sweat may cause stinging and irritation. Avoid saunas and steam rooms for the same reason. If you must workout, just be aware of your skin's sensitivity and pat your sweat very gently or wear a headband, hat, or bandana to absorb sweat before it hits your face. 

Drink water! It's a myth that water directly hydrates skin, but hydration is important for whole-body health and to keep those fresh skin cells hydrated from the inside out.