When is it Safe to Apply Makeup After a Chemical Peel?

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A chemical peel can improve your complexion and manage unwanted skin concerns like fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. Because treatment involves exfoliating solutions, like glycolic, salicylic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acids, following aftercare instructions is essential to maximize results and ensure proper healing.

So, when is it safe to apply makeup after treatment at Radiant Skin? It depends on the intensity of your chemical peel. Board-certified physician Dr. Marwan Mustaklem can determine an appropriate timeline during a consultation in Zionsville, IN. Read below to discover what is involved after a light, medium, or deep chemical peel and guidelines for makeup application.

How does a chemical peel work?

A chemical peel uses abrasive solutions to remove the outermost layer of skin, revealing a fresh, new complexion underneath. The length of the treatment and the type of solution used determine how deeply the peel penetrates your skin.

Radiant Skin provides several options for light, medium, and deep chemical peels. For example, the ZO® 3-step chemical peel is a medium-depth treatment that reduces fine lines, sun damage, age spots, acne, rough texture, large pores, and even dull-looking skin.

Recovery after a chemical peel

The deeper the peel, the more time your skin needs to heal. For example, a light peel comes with little-to-no downtime, while a deep chemical peel can take longer for a full recovery. Radiant Skin will provide comprehensive guidelines after your chemical peel in Zionsville, IN. Follow all aftercare instructions to protect yourself against skin concerns like infection or scarring.

When can I apply makeup after a chemical peel?

Wait at least 24 hours after a light chemical peel before applying makeup or other cosmetics. A medium peel requires 3 – 5 days, while a deep chemical peel can take up to two weeks. Our team members can provide a more accurate estimate for your individual situation during a consultation.

Patients do not need to avoid skin care products altogether, however. Keep your skin clean and hydrated with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer after a chemical peel. Be sure to avoid brands that contain exfoliating ingredients or harsh chemicals, as these irritate your skin during the healing process. Look for products labeled "for sensitive skin" as a guide.

Makeup tips after a chemical peel

If your skin is still sensitive after a chemical peel, take extra care when applying makeup and cosmetics. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face, and use a fresh makeup brush or sponge. Avoid using your fingers to apply the makeup.

Start with a light moisturizer to help soothe and protect your skin. Apply foundation sparingly, starting at the center of your face and blending outward. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing motions. Set your makeup with a clean powder to avoid smudging.

Have a safe and successful chemical peel recovery

A chemical peel can improve common skin concerns like fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. This treatment is available in varying depths to provide excellent results. Following aftercare instructions is important for proper healing, which includes knowing when it is safe to apply makeup.

If you have questions about chemical peels or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marwan Mustaklem, call Radiant Skin in Zionsville, IN. We create custom treatment plans and provide everything you need to know about recovery after a chemical peel.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.