Chemical peels — whether done at home or in the dermatologist's office — will make your skin more sensitive than usual. Since your body starts creating new skin after your procedure, you're going to need to take extra-good care of it in the weeks following your treatment. According to Exuviance Brand Partner and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Noelani González, M.D., F.A.A.D., with whom Elite Daily spoke with for this article, the best moisturizers after a chemical peel contain nourishing and hydrating ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. Some other ways to care for your skin after a chemical peel? "Stay away from any exfoliating ingredients, retinols, or other acids, such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid post-peel," says Dr. González, and stick to calming skin care products in general by only using gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen to hydrate and protect the incoming skin.
Though it all depends on the type of chemical peel you have done, Dr. González says most people should expect some redness, stinging, and peeling after a chemical peel. For superficial to medium-depth chemical peels, peeling will last for about three to seven days; for deeper chemical peels, the peeling and redness will most likely last longer.