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Deep Medical Chemical Peels before Tropical Vacations: What you need to know

Everybody wants to look their best while on vacation, and some people will go to all ends necessary to achieve it.

Deep Medical Chemical Peels VS Tropical Vacations

To some, this means getting a hair cut or fresh pedicure, while to others it means getting a base-tan, and even getting dramatic skin treatments.

This isn’t always a good idea however, especially when it comes to deep medical chemical peels!

Yes, the idea of laying on a beach with a fresh and youthful face thanks to your recent treatment might sound appealing, but getting a chemical peel before your next tropical getaway is highly unadvised by the medical community.

Here’s why:

  1. The Sun is Your Chemical Peel’s Enemy
  2. Most doctors and specialists will suggest that you bring sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to your treatment so that you don’t have to expose your skin to any sun. It’s of utmost importance that you completely avoid the sun during the week or two after your treatment.

    If you absolutely must go outdoors, put on the hat, layer on the sunscreen, and make it as quick as possible. Your skin is extremely vulnerable after a deep medical chemical peel, and the risk for sun damage is extremely high. This goes for even those short trips to the grocery store!

  3. Heat (and Cold) Will Augment Results in a Very Bad Way
  4. Even if you douse yourself in three bottles of sunscreen, your skin isn’t safe. Heat, even without the sun, can cause hyperpigmentation in healing skin. You’ll run the risk of making your skin even worse than it was before your treatment. This also means no saunas, hot tubs, or steam rooms.

    Before you go changing your plans of a tropical vacation into a ski resort getaway, you should know that extreme cold temperatures are also off-limits.

    To stay safe, keep temperatures moderate for at least six weeks after you chemical peel.

  5. So When CAN I Get a Chemical Peel?
  6. Many women who get regular deep medical chemical peels opt to schedule their treatments between October and March when the sun is the least extreme in most areas of North America. A mid-July chemical isn’t going to make for an optimal recovery time.

    If you’re planning a vacation during that period, it’s best to wait 6-8 weeks since your most recent chemical peel. This will ensure that you’ve achieved full results from your peel, and that your skin is fully recovered and ready to hit the beach!

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