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Can I Wear Makeup a Day After a Chemical Peel?

After a chemical peel, can I wear makeup the next day? If not, how long do I have to wait?

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Consider medium and deep peels as wounds

Medium and deep depth peels are great ways to treat skin discoloration and fine wrinkles. They work by removing the outer layers of skin. It is important that you give your skin time to heal. In my San Francisco practice we typically wait 7-10 days before allowing make-up to minimize the risk of scars and infection. An additional part that is VERY important especially for deeper peels is when you begin using make-up again look for make-up that has sun screen in it. (Sunscreen should always be used but is even more important post-peel or laser). I hope this helps! Steven Williams, MD

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