With a light or “lunch-time” peel, mild redness and peeling is common and can last up to four days. Most light chemical peels require no downtime, and you may resume normal activities immediately afterwards. Mineral makeup may also be applied immediately following the procedure.
With a medium or deep chemical peel, however, makeup is not recommended until healing is complete. Reactions to moderate chemical peels are similar to a sunburn; generally the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery. Peeling and redness are very common. Use a nonabrasive cleanser and do not scrub the skin. It is important to not pick off the shedding skin, as this may cause infection and/or scarring.