Most patients are just fine to resume their normal daily routine after a chemical peel, but you can expect to be more red and sensitive than usual for 2-5 days. We recommend waiting 24-48 hours post-peel before applying make-up, and to treat the skin gently and keep it protected from the sun. Post-peel instructions are carefully reviewed with you before leaving our office.
Is there any downtime with a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are a little to no downtime procedure. Most, but not all, patients will experience some degree of peeling after a chemical peel. Approximately 48 hours after the treatment is when the skin starts to peel. This is considered a side effect of the procedure, and will generally last 2 to 5 days.