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Makeup After a Chemical Peel?

A common question with chemical peels, or any laser resurfacing procedure for wrinkle reduction. The answer largely depends on the depth of the chemical peel and the rate at which your skin heals following the cosmetic procedure. You want to minimize skin irritation after any peel or resurfacing procedure.

Lunchtime peels are generally very superficial peels, such as low strength glycolic acid. One may be able to start wearing makeup the next day. With deeper peels, your cosmetic surgeon will provide and recommend a guideline to help the healing process. Makeup can be usually be worn approximately 7 to 10 days after a deeper peel. Skin is vulnerable after peels and resurfacing, and application of makeup prematurely will delay healing and risk causing infection, pigmentation changes, or scarring.

Each individual recovers at a varying rate. Keep in close communication with your plastic surgeon and dermatologist, who will tell you when you can resume makeup use.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.