What to expect :

  • Redness for ½ hour or more after the treatment.  Makeup can be applied immediately.
  • If you only had a peel without the Micro Dermaneedle, you may develop Saran Wrap looking skin for 1 to 5 days.  Your skin may feel tight just before it starts to peel. Occasionally, an area may become red and swollen for 1-2 days. This occurs most commonly on the neck or if you have had a stronger peel.  When peeling starts, Pretty Feet & Hands can be used twice a day to speed up peeling (available at our office).
  • If you had Derma-Needling with a peel,  do not expect much peeling.  Derma-needling works in the dermis preserving the epidermis (epidermis is what peels in a peel) – Flaking will start 3 to 5 days after.

How to take care of the area treated :

1. Sunscreen every morning, moisturizer at night.

2. If you experience swelling, cool compresses work the best. Apply frozen peas or ice in a ziplock bag, 10 minutes 3-4 times a day.  Apply A & D Ointment to red or tender areas.  If itchiness develops, use Hydrocortisone Cream.

3. To speed up the healing process, starting in 5 days, massage Pretty Hands and Feet (sold here) on your face for 1 minute and then wash off. Do this 2 times a day until peeling stops. The paraffin wax in this product will peel off flaky skin more quickly and speed up the peeling process. Wait 7-8 days on the neck and chest; 2 weeks on the arms and hands to use Pretty Hands and Feet on those areas.

What you can and cannot do after the peel :

-You can wear makeup, sunscreen and SkinCeuticals Vit. C/E/Ferulic
- Wait 3 days to start restart Retin A.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat if you plan to be in the sun.
- Any questions, please call our office at (858)784-0590.

About the Author

Dr. Mary Dobry is a board certified dermatologist in private practice serving the San Diego, California area for 24 years. The dermatology practice is located at 4130 La Jolla Village Dr., St 207, La Jolla, CA 92037. 858-784-0590.