SELF TREATMENT AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL
- Set expectations. Redness and irritation are expected after a chemical peel. The skin is likely to appear dry and flaky as the top layers begin to peel away. This dryness and peeling generally lasts for a few days for light peels, and up to four weeks for deep peels.
- Wash the skin, using a gentle cleanser. Choose a highly hydrating cleanser free of abrasive detergents. The skin will be incredibly sensitive following the peel, so avoid harsh cleansers.
- Use cool water to rinse the area. Do not use hot or warm water, since the heat will further irritate burned skin. Moisturise the skin. Use a rich Moisturiser to deeply hydrate the burned area, utilizing one that is free of added dyes and fragrances to avoid irritating the area further.
- Drink ample water. Burned skin needs to be Moisturised from the inside. Consume at least 5 pints of water daily to nourish dehydrated skin.
- Avoid sun exposure. After a chemical peel, the sun’s damaging rays can injure skin. If the patient must be outside, use a high level SPF sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and large sunglasses.
You can use Colloidal Silver healing gel if you did burn yourself with a too strong chemical peel.