Before we talk about the possibility of applying makeup after a chemical peel session, let’s take a quick look at what it is and what it does to your skin.
A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that involves the application of chemical solutions to improve and treat various skin conditions like acne, scarring, wrinkles, and skin damage. It consists fo acids like AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), and TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid). It removes the outer layers of your skin, revealing fresh new skin.
It is always recommended to ask your skin care professional when you can wear your makeup again. The answer relies on factors including the chemical’s acid intensity and your skin reaction. In the event that you had a light chemical treatment with a low-glycolic acid, your physician may inform you that it is safe to apply makeup the following day. However, you should always ask first since there can always be a variable to which only your doctor would know that might affect your recovery.
Typically, makeup is not sterile. It may delay healing and cause infection to your repairing skin if applied prematurely. Additionally, you probably won’t want to wear foundation or powder as it can magnify the appearance of your flaky and peeling skin.
After a chemical peel, the skin is more sensitive to the sun. Applying sunscreen with SPF 30 or above is a must to protect against the sun’s UVA and YVB rays. Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sun damage but most of us need to go out for school, work, completing necessary errands. When you do go outside, it’s best to take precautionary measures. Refrain from going out between 10 AM to 3 PM when the sun is too hot. If not possible, just wear a wide-brimmed hat for protection.
In most cases, waiting for 14 days after your treatment should be enough. But take note that every individual recovers at varying rates as every skin reacts differently. And with continuous use of sunscreen, the effects of your chemical peel will prolong leaving your skin glowing and beautiful for an extended period if time.
It is important to consult any concerns with your doctor before you leave the clinic to make sure that you are walked through the recovery process and know exactly how to take care of your skin.