What Should I Do to Get Ready for a Peel?

How do you prepare your skin before a chemical peel? Our New Jersey-based team knows that patients are curious about what they should and shouldn’t do before this skin rejuvenation procedure if they want to get the best results.

Chemical peels have become increasingly popular in recent years for their ability to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the skin. Whether you’re seeking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, address acne scars, or even out your skin tone, a peel can be an effective solution.

However, proper preparation is crucial to ensure a successful and safe treatment. The best way to prepare for a peel will vary depending on the type and degree of peel you are having. Deep peels, for example, will usually require more preparation than superficial peels.

If you’re considering a chemical peel, here are some general guidelines to help you prepare.

Use Sunscreen Consistently

You will need to use sunscreen daily at least four weeks ahead of the treatment. This will help to reduce the risk of irregular pigmentation occurring in the treatment areas. Minimize sun exposure, especially during peak hours when the sun’s rays are strongest. Consider wearing protective clothing—such as wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves—when outdoors. Protecting your skin from sun exposure will be essential before as well as after a chemical peel.

Avoid Irritants and Harsh Treatments

In the days leading up to your chemical peel, it is advisable to avoid any irritants or harsh treatments that could compromise your skin’s barrier function. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser on your skin. Avoid strong acids or exfoliating products, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Refrain from undergoing facial treatments, such as dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or laser treatments, in the weeks leading up to the chemical peel.

Adjust Your Skin Care Routine

Well-hydrated skin is better prepared for a peel and can recover more effectively afterward. You may need to switch to a mild cleanser and apply more moisturizer to help maintain calm, hydrated skin. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides to boost skin hydration.


How do you prepare your skin before a chemical peel? Our team at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center will tell you everything you need to know about this treatment. Call us at (856) 810-9888 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re ready to get started.

Dr. Robin Levin