Chemical Peels Pre & Post-Care Instructions

Chemical Peels Pre & Post-Care Instructions

  • Patients with history of herpes must pre-medicate with Valtrex®
  • Patients with active cold sores or warts, wounded, sunburned, excessively sensitive skin, healing problems, dermatitis or inflammatory Rosacea in the area(s) to be treated should be excluded from the SkinMedica Vitalize Peel® because the procedure could potentially precipitate a flare up or spread the condition
  • Patients with a history of allergies, rashes or other skin reactions may be sensitive to treatment
  • The SkinMedica peel should not be performed on patients with an allergy to salicylates (i.e., aspirin)
  • This peel is not recommended if you have taken Accutane within the past year or received chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • This procedure should not be administered to pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating) women
What to Expect:
  • Patients will likely experience a stinging sensation as the peel activates on the skin
  • Immediately after the peel, your skin will be light yellow. This is temporary and will fade in 1-2 hours.
  • Approximately 48 hours after the treatment, your skin will start to peel. The peeling process may last a few days up to one week depending on your skin. 


  • Skin may take on a sunburned appearance. Peeling and redness will last approximately three to five days. Rejuvenize Peel is usually five to seven days of peeling. 

Pre-Care Instructions (one week before your peel):

  • Avoid the following procedures: electrolysis, waxing, depilatory creams and laser hair removal and sun exposure
  • Cease using any exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating, such as salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid
Pre Care Instructions (three days before your peel):
  • Cease using your Tri-Retinol Complex, Retin-A, Renova®, Differin® (Adapalene 0.1%) or any products containing Retinol, AHA or BHA, or Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Leave on finishing solution until bedtime for best results
  • Rinse skin gently (with water only) and pat dry/do not rub
  • DO NOT PICK OR PULL THE SKIN, as scarring can result
  • Avoid harsh cleansers or washcloths
  • Patients with hypersensitivity to the sun should take extra precautions to guard against exposure immediately following the procedure as there may be more sensitivity following the treatment
  • Do not have any other facial treatment for at least two weeks after your peel
  • Daily Skincare Routine: When washing your face, use a gentle, non soap cleanser (we recommend the Avene Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion available at Seiler Skin)
  • Cease the use of exfoliating scrubs for at least one week after your peel
  • Apply Cicalfate by Avene twice per day or as often as needed to relieve dryness and tightness
  • Use a sunscreen with zinc oxide and avoid direct sunlight for at least one week
  • You may resume the regular use of retinol, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) products or bleaching creams only after the peeling process is complete and approved by your Seiler Skin Nurse and/or Dr. Seiler
  • Warning signs of problems include severe redness, swelling, blistering, burns, ulcers, pain, or signs of infection.  Notify us immediately if you see these. 
Follow Up Visit:
We will contact you the day after your treatment to check on you and you should come in 7 days after your treatment for a follow-up visit.
Notify Seiler Skin and Dr. Seiler if you have any questions, concerns, problems at 205-870-0204 or 205-873-2340. 

Before & After Photos