Get Gorgeous Skin With Vitalize Peel

Chemical peels performed at a doctor's clinic is one of the several ways that can help address dull complexion, flaky skin, acne, acne scars, sun spots, dark spots and mild to moderate wrinkles. Done correctly, it can make your skin look better and your skincare products work better. Reason being, the combination of acids slough off dead skin cells and trigger your body to move the new cells up and multiply revealing smoother skin in time. Your skincare products will work better because there are no dead skin cells that affect their potency and efficacy. As there is no overnight solution to everything, getting chemical peel in series (minimum of 3 to start with) and annual maintenance is a good way to keep your skin looking gorgeous. Here are some pre and post-treatment instructions to help you with:

  1. Schedule your chemical peel appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event you are planning to attend. Depending on how your skin will react, peeling starts 48-72 hours after the treatment and can last anywhere between 2 to 5 days.
  2. Avoid using retinol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone or any topical medications at least 3 day before your treatment.
  3. Do not use exfoliants or refrain from waxing or getting any light-based or laser procedures one week before your treatment.
  4. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily.
  5. Although isolated, reactivation of cold sore/ fever blister may happen. If you have history of cold sores or fever blister, advise your doctor so you can be prescribed with prophylactic antiviral medication which you should take the day before or on the day of your procedure.
  6. If you are a new patient, come to your appointment 15 minutes prior to allow time for filling out intake and consent forms.

  1. Depending on how your skin will react, peeling starts 48-72 hours after the treatment. During this time, your face may feel tight and look red and in certain occasions, yellow to orange due to the peel applied. This tinge will resolve in a few hours, it is strongly advised not to wash your face for about six hours so as not to affect the efficacy of the peel.
  2. Depending on how your skin will react, peeling may last may last anywhere between 2 to 5 days. Do not attempt to remove, peel, pick or scratch the treated skin to prevent scarring.
  3. Use a gentle facial cleanser and apply lightweight moisturizer daily (eltaMD available for sale, ask the front desk).
  4. You can wear makeup 24 hours after the peel.
  5. Wait for 3 days before restarting retinol or any other topical medications.
  6. Always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Reapply every 2 or 3 hours especially if you are staying out longer.
  7. Refrain from getting any kind of facial treatment or procedure at least one week after your chemical peel.
  8. Although isolated but in case you develop cold sore, return to our clinic so Dr. Reed can prescribe you with medication.

Laser Hair Removal Pre and Post Care Instructions

So you have finally decided to do laser hair removal! To help you feel at ease with this type of procedure, here are some pre and post care instructions:

1. Avoid tanning such as excessive sun exposure, outdoor tan, tanning beds, self-tanning creams at least 4 weeks before your treatment.
2.  Use sunscreen with at least SPF30 daily.
3. No tweezing, waxing, epilation or electrolysis at least 4 weeks before treatment.
4. Shave the treatment area the night before or few hours before your procedure.
5. Don’t use retinoids or exfoliants within two weeks of treatment.
6. Discuss your concerns with the doctor or aesthetic nurse. Exclusionary criteria: history of seizures, pregnancy, undiagnosed lesions, immunosuppresion, active infections, blood thinners/coagulation issues, open lesions or hormonal problems. If you have history of herpes infection, cold sores or fever blisters, your doctor will prescribe you with a prophylactic treatment.
7. If you are a new patient, arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out necessary paperwork.
8. Optional: although a generally tolerable procedure, come 30 minutes before your appointment if you prefer a numbing cream to ease some discomfort.

1. Use ice pack on the treated area if it feels hot or look red every hour for 15 minutes until symptom subsides.
2. Optional: apply eltaMD laser enzyme gel (available for sale at our clinic, ask the front desk) on the treated area twice a day to ease discomfort.
3. You may experience mild sunburn-like sensation which usually lasts 2-24 hrs or in some cases 72 hrs. 
4. Although rare, in case of crusting or blistering , a topical antibiotic should be applied (your doctor will prescribe this to you). Don’t pick or remove scabs or blisters.
5. Apply moisturizer on the area if it gets itchy or dry
6. Use sunscreen with at least SPF30 daily
7. Avoid excessive exercise, jacuzzi, pool, sauna or hot tubs for 7 days or until redness has resolved
8. You may require additional treatments to achieve desired outcome.

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