- This will depend on the depth and strength of the chemical peel you received, since your skin will peel to varying degrees after a chemical peels.
- It’s essential for your skin’s full and safe recovery – as well as to the effectiveness of your chemical peel – to be kept clean while old layers of skin are peeling away and bare skin is exposed as it heals.
Again, it all depends on which type of chemical peel you get.
- Light chemical peel, also known as a ‘lunchtime peel’ with a low-strength glycolic acid your doctor may say it’s okay to apply your makeup the very next day. Always ask first, though. Your skin may have extra sensitivity that the doctor will see during your treatment, and perhaps advise you to wait an extra few days just to be safe.
- Medium or deep peel, your skin will need extra time to complete the treatment processing – because treatment continues to occur beneath the skin’s surface for some time after your procedure. You’ll need a few days for your skin to complete the peeling and recovering process, and applying makeup while skin is peeling will hinder the effectiveness of the peel you just received. Also, as skin is peeling, that bare skin starting to reveal beneath the old, dead layers the peel is removing must be kept ultra-clean and free of anything that can cause irritation, discoloration, scarring, infection and a delay in seeing those beautiful, fresh results of your chemical peel.
Each individual heals from a chemical peel at a different rate, given skin sensitivity, and also the different chemical peel medications that may be used as part of the treatment.
It’s a good rule of thumb to steer clear of cosmetics for 7 to 10 days after your chemical peel, and you might also be advised to wait even longer.
Makeup, after all, isn’t very sterile. Your foundation or face powder likely has some bacteria in it, if you’ve been using in for a few weeks or months. Exposing your bare skin to this bacteria can be an infection sure to happen. And makeup with minerals or metals in it also can do harm to healing skin. Even lip gloss which you might think it harmless and essential to your ‘going out of the house’ face can cause an infection in bare, treated skin around your lip line. And don’t forget that the rubbing and tugging of removing makeup from your face also can cause damage to healing skin post- chemical peel.
So be extra-cautious and extra-adherent to your doctor’s orders, to avoid the pain of inflamed skin, as well as the need for additional peels or bleaching cream treatments to fix any discoloration, scarring or damage caused by premature makeup application. Bare skin is very vulnerable. Handle it with care.