How to prepare for a chemical peel

Chemical skin peel

If you are about to undergo a course of chemical peels your practitioner will explain the process and what it will require. However, here are some helpful tips to give you a head start on what you can expect and what will be expected of you:

1. Let the practitioner know if you are on medication

This is because the chemicals in the peel may interact with certain medications and so you may be advised to stop taking them or otherwise wait until you have finished the course of medication prior to starting the course of treatment.

2. Give your practitioner your facial history

They will need to know if you have a history of cold sores, scarring or facial x-rays as this may affect your ability to receive the treatment.

3. Prescription of medication or creams

Your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics or anti-viral drugs prior to having chemical peel treatment, to minimise potential side effects of the treatments. They may also prescribe topical creams such as Retin-A, Renova or glycolic acid. These help to thin the skin prior to treatment.

4. Microdermabrasion

It may be that your skin would suit having a one off microdermabrasion treatment before your course of chemical peels. This works by blasting the face with microcrystals which helps remove the top layer of skin.

5. Skin preparation on the day

Although your practitioner will cleanse your skin before the treatment it’s important that you cleanse too, to make sure that your face is free of dirt and oil. Don’t apply any creams to your face on the day of the treatment and make sure you also leave your skin make-up free.

If you would like more information on chemical skin peels, or any of the other treatments on offer at Aurora Skin Clinics, give our friendly team a call on 01844 211777 or drop us an email to