Patients often ask clinicians if a chemical peel treatment can be performed the day after being waxed. This is not uncommon, as a patient may schedule a series of consecutive skincare treatments to prepare for a special event. It’s important for certified practitioners to educate patients on the best treatment route to prepare skin for a peel in order to deliver optimal results and reduce the risk of complications.
PCA SKIN® does not recommend chemical peels the day after waxing. Waxing removes skin cells even when performed properly, resulting in temporarily impaired barrier function. The heat and trauma caused by pulling out the hair via waxing can irritate skin, causing heightened sensitivity and redness.
While our peels contain a blend of well-tolerated, safe and effective peeling agents, treatments may cause slight redness, flaking or dryness. These are normal, yet temporary, reactions to a superficial chemical peel. To minimize side effects and maximize results, patients should not receive a peel treatment until all skin reactions from waxing have fully resolved. Although everyone’s skin reacts differently to treatments, patients should generally wait two weeks post-waxing, or until the skin returns to baseline, before receiving a peel. It is also recommended to wait at least two weeks after a chemical peel before being waxed again.
The Sensi Peel® is ideal to treat patients post-waxing. This gentle solution is formulated for sensitive skin with ingredients that will even skin tone. It also provides soothing properties, making it an excellent choice for helping to calm redness. After peel application, nutritive topicals and calming, broad spectrum SPF products should be applied. It’s also important to send patients home with products designed to soothe skin for continued daily care.
PCA SKIN strongly believes in the importance of pre- and post-treatment for skin, preparing it for in-office procedures and keeping it calm following treatment. Again, chemical peels should only be performed on skin that has stabilized from any prior treatments, such as waxing.
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