6 Skin Care Tips For Preventing Damage After Treatments

If you’ve had a facial, chemical peel, or other cosmetic treatment, the first few hours and days after are crucial to ensure the best results. At Cleveland Family Health, we want your cosmetic procedure to be successful. That’s why we suggest these six skin care tips to prevent damage to your skin, keep your skin healthy, and promote the healing process.

1. Avoid wearing makeup

The thought of going au naturel and skipping the makeup can be terrifying, but you should do so for at least 24 hours. Makeup isn’t sterile and picks up bacteria from your brushes and fingers every time you use it. Exposing your skin to bacteria while you’re recovering from a skin treatment can lead to infection and permanent scarring.

We let you know when you can start wearing makeup and cosmetics again depending on the type of treatment you had and the healing time it requires.

2. Drink plenty of water

You should always drink six to eight glasses of water each day, but staying hydrated is particularly crucial when you’re trying to prevent damage following aesthetic skin treatment. Treatments can leave your skin dry, flaky, and dehydrated, so restoring the moisture is essential.

Drinking 64 ounces of water a day is one of the easiest ways to hydrate your skin and flush out any toxins and waste created during the treatment, thereby promoting healing and the growth of healthy new skin.

3. Don’t touch your skin following treatment

Dry, flaky skin after a chemical peel can be irritating, and you’re probably desperate to pull it off, but you must resist and let the process happen naturally. Picking off the dry and red skin yourself can cause permanent scarring and other damage if it isn’t quite ready to come off.

Soothe your skin with after-sun lotion and aloe vera to retain moisture and reduce the irritation. Depending on the type of treatment you had, we advise you on the best products for your skin to promote healing.

4. Keep your skin care routine simple

Gently wash your skin with a sulfate-free cleanser or cleansing milk that doesn’t irritate the skin or leave it feeling dry. Apply a good lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen for the day, and before bed, use with a more intensive moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

Use very gentle movements when applying anything to your face to prevent premature peeling and further damage.

5. Avoid highly acidic foods

You are what you eat, and eating acidic foods changes the pH balance of your skin, causing irritation. We’re talking about foods and drinks like oranges, salsa, tomato sauce, and carbonated beverages that your body might normally cope with, but after a chemical peel or similar treatment, your skin may not be able to handle the acidity.

Just getting some hot tomato sauce on the skin around your mouth following treatment can cause discomfort and redness, so watch your diet for a few days.

6. Protect yourself from the sun

Sunlight is one of the leading causes of facial skin damage, so steer clear of it following treatment to prevent harm and ensure your skin heals well. Avoid the sun as much as you can, but when it’s unavoidable, wear a high-strength sunscreen that you reapply regularly throughout the day. Factor 30 or higher offers the best protection.

Continue to use sunscreen once your skin has healed to prevent any fine lines or wrinkles from developing on your new smooth skin.

At Cleveland Family Health, we provide you with everything you need to know about aftercare and preventing further damage following skin treatment. If you’re interested in improving your skin book an appointment with us today. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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