Can people who are frequently in the sun receive peels? Yes, but only if they use (SPF) sunscreen protection every day. Sunbathing should be avoided due to increased risk of skin cancer and visible premature aging, but especially prior to treatments. Directly following treatment and while the skin is peeling. If you are receiving corrective peels to reduce the skin discoloration (Hyper Pigmentation) it is imperative to use the appropriate Skin Brightening products, as well as a broad spectrum SPF product daily and avoid unnecessary sun exposure to reduce the chance of further hyper pigmentation.
I didn’t peel. Did treatment work? Peels deliver excellent results whether or not visible peeling occurs. Exfoliation is at a cellular level and not apparent to the naked eye. PCA SKIN professional treatments create a tighter, firmer complexion and appearance. They are formulated to preserve, promote and protect healthy skin, regardless of whether the patient sees visible exfoliation following treatment.
I am getting married. When is the best time to get a facial/chemical peel? It is always recommended to have any type of skin care treatment 7-10 days before an important day to allow enough time for your skin to recover and reach the best glow!
Can I wear any makeup after facial/chemical peel? Yes, you can wear makeup after your facial/chemical peel. However, it is encouraged that you avoid wearing foundation or concealer or other product which involves rubbing skin for at least 24 hours. Do’s and Don’t’s Skincare:
DON'T go to a tanning bed two weeks prior to treatment. This practice should be discontinued due to the increased risk of skin cancer and signs of aging.
DON'T have another exfoliating treatment unless recommended
DON'T wax, tweeze or use depilatory creams for 7 days prior
AVOID extended sun exposure especially in the 10 days prior to treatment.
AVOID getting Botox, collagen or other chemical filler injections for two weeks before
DELAY use of Tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, Ziana and high-percentage AHA and BHA products for approximately seven days prior to treatment. Consult your Physician before temporarily discontinuing use of any prescription medications.
IF you are lactating, pregnant, or may become pregnant, consult your physician before receiving any treatments.
Treatments may cause slight redness, tightness, peeling, flaking or temporary dryness. Most patients find it unnecessary to apply makeup, as the skin will be smooth, dewy and radiant following treatment. If you would like to apply makeup, allow approximately 15 minutes for the pH of the skin to stabilize before applying.
What to expect when you have your first wax? Unfortunately, the first time you get waxed is always the most uncomfortable. This subsides with time as the hair becomes thinner and easier to remove. I have mastered various skills and techniques to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. In order to minimize the discomfort, you should have regular waxing sessions, not shave in-between treatments and follow the correct aftercare instructions.
Getting Waxed before an important day or vacation? The recommended time before going on vacation or preparing for any big event (ie. wedding day) is 2 - 3 days. This will allow any redness to pass. If you've never been waxed, plan two to three visits before your big vacation/event for best results! Do’s and Don’ts:
DO wear loose clothing when getting a Brazilian, bikini or leg waxing service
DO allow your hair to grow out at least ¼”
DO allow optimum time between waxing appointments, usually three to four weeks. This allows the hair to grow to the correct length, but does not allow the hair to become embedded in the follicle.
DO pre-book your next appointment to make sure that you allow the correct time between appointments
DO take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen before your wax if you are very sensitive. (Check with your doctor first!)
DON'T shave between waxing appointments - this confuses the hair growth cycle
DON'T wax if you are sick or are just getting over a cold/flu
DON'T wax when you have your period... OUCH!
DON'T book a waxing for the same day you are due to attend a special event or function as your skin will need at least a few hours to recuperate
DON'T get in a hot bath tub, hot tub or shower after waxing
DON'T sun tan, go swimming in chlorinated pools or apply deodorant or make up for up to 24 hours after waxing
DON'T receive any chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatments for at least one week after waxing
DON'T exfoliate your skin until at least 24 hours have passed
AVOID sexual activity for 24 hours after a Brazilian (while your pores are open, they are vulnerable to irritation or infection)
AVOID heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after waxing - If you insist on exercising, shower immediately afterward
AVOID tight clothing after waxing which may result in irritation, chafing and/or ingrown hairs
DO wear cotton or go commando at night to allow the freshly waxed area to breathe
DO wash the waxed area at least twice daily
DO gently exfoliate your skin 3-4 times a week, after the first 72 hours, to prevent ingrown hairs.
If you are taking or have taken any of these medications within the past three months, please let me know before the treatment.
Accutane (Acne medication)
Adapalene (Acne medication)
Alustra (Retin A)
Avage (Tazorac – Acne medication)
Avita (type of Retin A)
Differin (Acne medication)
Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
Renova (Retin A)
Tazarac (Acne medication)
Tazarotene (like Tazorac)
Tretinoin (like Retin A)
These medications may cause the skin to thin or to be extra sensitive to waxing. Thin, sensitive skin can lift with the wax. If you have taken Accutane within the last year it is not advised to wax for one year after you have stopped taking this medication.If you are currently using any of the following products, they can cause the skin to be overly sensitive. Please inform me prior to your appointment.