Peels Precautions & Contradictions


•A patch test for some peels is recommended.

•This treatment may cause increased sensitivity to the skin depending on the skin type and home care regimen. 

•Possible side effects may include, but are not limited to: stinging, itching-irritation, redness, swelling, tightness, peeling and scabbing of the skin.

•Avoid sun, tanning beds, sweating, exercising, hot bath or showers, scrubbing, picking, or rubbing, which can lead to scarring.

•Avoid waxing or depilatories 48 hrs before and 7 days after treatment.

•Stop the use of exfoliating scrubs, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide products for at least 24 hrs before and after treatment.

•Stop the use of prescription Vitamin A Keratolytic drugs 7 days before and after treatment.

•Broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended daily pre & post-treatment.

•A POST TREATMENT KIT is mandatory following every peeling treatment.

(One will be included with your appointment.)

•Fitzpatrick types IV-VI require a longer period of time for pretreatment for optimal outcome.


•Accutane (aka isotreitinoin) used in the past 6 – 12 months.

•Prescription Keratolytics such as: Retin-A/Renova, Azelex (Azelaic Acid), Tazarac (Tazarotene) and Differin (Adapalene); used in the past 7 days.

•Use of Hydrocortisone

•Allergies or sensitivities to prodructs or ingredients

• Allergy to aspirin (salicylic peels)

•Skin disease. See dermatologist.

•Systemic or Autoimmune disease. Physician’s note required.

•Infectious diseases.

•Previous radiation to the region.

•Laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or dermabrasion done recently.

• Herpes simplex. (Must use prescription medication prior)

•Hypertrophic scar formation.

•Pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Pickers.

•Diabetics (some peels).

•Broken, sunburned, dehydrated skin.

Post-Treatment/Home Care

  • Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided for the first 48 hours.

  • Direct sunlight exposure is to be completely avoided immediately following the treatment (including any strong UV light exposure and tanning beds). If some sun exposure cannot be avoided, first apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. Sunscreen (with at least a SPF of 15) should become a part of your daily skin care regimen as your skin will become more sensitive to the sun as a result of this treatment.

  • Cleanse your face with water or a mild cleanser may be recommended to you.

  • Gently moisturize your face using the recommended aftercare products, a minimum of 2 times a day.

  • DO NOT apply any type of glycolic acid or exfoliation products as this can severely damage or irritate the skin during the entire healing process.

  • DO NOT peel, rub, or scratch your skin at anytime, whatsoever. This WILL cause damage and compromise your results as well as possibly cause severe scarring.

  • If you experience painful areas of the face, contact your skin care therapist immediately, especially if you are prone to cold sores. Any blisters that form will need to be reported immediately.

  • In the event that you may have additional questions or concerns regarding your treatment or suggested home product/post-treatment care, you must consult your therapist immediately.