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Skin Peels Pre & Post Advice Reference

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

This is a student reference guide to contraindications, pre and post treatment advice. Have a good read through all my pre and post advice to check if this treatment is right for your client.

Skin Peels


  • Use of Accutane®, Retin-A®, or other medications that exfoliate or thin the skin within 6 months

  • Recent cosmetic surgery

  • Laser resurfacing

  • Deep or medium depth chemical peels or dermabrasion

  • Severe rosacea or acne

  • Easily scars or has hyper-pigmentation tendencies

  • Pregnancy

  • Breast-feeding

  • Sunburn or irritated skin

  • Open sores or lesions

  • Infectious disease

  • Active Herpes simplex

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Deficient immune system


  • During the skin healing process, minor itching, flaking, or redness may appear. If symptoms persist, please contact me. Do not pick, squeeze or agitate during the recovery period.

  • Gently cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.

  • Please do not pick or pull your skin at any time after your peel, as it can cause scarring. Your skin will take about 4 to 14 days to completely peel depending on the strength of the peel or treatment you received.

  • Please do not exfoliate using a cleansing brush or any facial scrub or acid based products for 2 weeks.

  • Do not use any products that contain AHA, Glycolic, Retin-A, or any acne medication until your skin has finished peeling (usually 7 days, but possibly longer).

  • Keep skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and moisturising throughout the day with a good moisturiser both day and night. Reapply throughout the day as often as needed. Your skin should never be so dry that it is cracking or sore.

  • Refrain from waxing, tanning, or using sunbeds for 2 weeks.

  • Avoid working out and sweating for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours.

  • Finally, use SPF 30 or higher consistently throughout the day. REAPPLY, REAPPLY, REAPPLY, for this will limit your skin from burning in the sun (even when it’s cloudy out or when sitting by a window) and will minimise the chances of more sun damage and discoloration.

  • If in doubt with any of the above activities or products, please call us for clarification to when normal activity or use may be resumed.


Your skin works hard to keep you healthy, and you can return the favour by looking after it.

Top Tips

  • Use an SPF. Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are the main cause of skin ageing and can cause skin cancer.

  • Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the main environmental factors in premature skin ageing by breaking down and preventing the production of new collagen. Smoking also causes the tiny blood vessels in the skin to constrict, reducing the supply of oxygen to the skin.

  • Cut down your alcohol consumption. When you drink alcohol, your body and skin can become dehydrated, leaving the skin looking older and tired.

  • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.

  • Follow a skin care routine to nourish and treat your skin. Ask your skin care professional what products would be best suited to protect and improve your skin. Cleanse morning and night. Exfoliate. Use a mask, eye cream and skin appropriate moisturiser.

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