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Glycolic Acid Peel Aftercare


After a glycolic peel, it is important to follow proper at-home care instructions to encourage cell turnover and a smooth recovery. We recommend using a gentle cleanser twice a day, applying a soothing moisturizer to address signs of flaking, and avoiding sun exposure for two weeks. At our Darien, CT, practice, Dr. David Passaretti can provide guidelines for glycolic acid peel aftercare, personalized to meet your needs. After treatment, you can enjoy a more even skin tone, reduced signs of pigmentation, a more supple texture, and an overall rejuvenated appearance.

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After you have healed, it is important to use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Glycolic Peels: An Overview

During a glycolic peel procedure, Dr. Passaretti will apply a mild solution of glycolic acid to the surface of the skin, which causes the top layers of damaged skin to peel away over the next several days. As these layers come off, new, fresh skin beneath will take its place. This skin treatment can effectively address fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, small acne scars, and enlarged pores, helping patients achieve a more youthful complexion.

To ensure you achieve the transformative results you desire, Dr. Passaretti can guide you in proper at-home care once treatment is complete

Side Effects

Glycolic peels are non-invasive. Unlike medium or deep chemical peels, they will not affect the underlying layers of tissue. While serious complications are rare, you may experience some minor side effects, including:

  • A mild stinging sensation, which will typically subside once treatment is complete
  • Flaking skin or dryness
  • Temporary redness
  • Crusting or scabbing
  • A change in skin color

Proper care after your glycolic peel can minimize irritation and reduce your risk of lasting side effects. 

Caring for Your Skin

Dr. Passaretti will provide personalized guidance to help ensure your safety and the best possible results. After treatment, you should:

  • Use cool compresses to soothe minor irritation.
  • Gently wash your face twice a day for the first day or two after your chemical peel.
  • Use a non-irritating moisturizer to keep your face from drying. You should also avoid over-moisturizing, which will prohibit the damaged skin from flaking properly.
  • Avoid sun exposure for two weeks after your chemical peel. After that, you should use a high SPF sunscreen. Not only can sunscreen protect your skin from sun damage, but it can also prevent changes in the pigmentation of your skin.
  • Refrain from using any topical medications that could irritate your skin. If you are currently using any prescribed or over-the-counter products, you should inform Dr. Passaretti to ensure they will not interact with your treatment.
  • Not peel away flaking skin, as this can cause infection and even permanent scarring.

If you have additional questions about your recovery, Dr. Passaretti would be happy to assist you further in a private consultation. 

Learn More about Aftercare

To ensure you achieve the transformative results you desire, Dr. Passaretti can guide you in proper at-home care once treatment is complete. If you are interested in multiple cosmetic treatments, she can also recommend a treatment timeline to meet your unique needs and goals. To learn more about glycolic peels and recovery, contact our office online or call (203) 642-1891 and schedule a consultation at our practice.

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