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Preparing for a Chemical Peel

Mar 13, 2014

Turn back the clock on your face with a chemical peel that helps reduce the signs of sun damage, age, and environmental toxins. Your dermatologist can apply the peel in less than 15 minutes to help you look your best. Use the following tips to prepare for your chemical peel so you get the best result from the procedure:

Watch Your Medications

There are certain medicines that could interfere with the chemical peel. Talk to your doctor before your treatment and give him or her a list of the medications that you currently take. The doctor will work with you to determine which medications are safe to take with the peel and which ones you should stop taking. The dermatologist might also prescribe certain medications like Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid.

Apply a Solution to Your Face

For about a month before your chemical peel, you should apply a topical solution that helps to get your skin ready for the peel. These solutions can actually make the top layer of your skin thinner so the peel can provide better results.

Stay Out of the Sun

Avoid excess sun exposure as much as possible in the weeks leading up to your treatment. If your skin is recently sun damaged, it might hinder the results of your peel. Whenever you go outside, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Wearing a hat can offer even more protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Arlington Dermatology is here to help with all of your dermatological needs. Whether you want to try out a chemical peel or need skin cancer treatment, our winning team is here to help you get clear, healthy skin. To learn more about our treatment options or to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist, visit us online or call [company-phone id=1].

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