Can You Do a Chemical Peel After Dermaplaning?

It’s usually the case that combining cosmetic treatments is the best, quickest, and easiest way to get achieve the results you want. This is especially true if you are opting to use non-invasive cosmetic treatments that may require additional time to be effective. If you think about it, getting multiple treatments done at one appointment is a time-saver as well as ultimately being better for your skin. At Radiant Divine Medical Spa in Avon, OH, one of our most popular combination treatments is a chemical peel after dermaplaning.

Can You Do a Chemical Peel After Dermaplaning?

Combining these two treatments can make the results of both more effective. It’s quite common to use dermaplaning as a way to prepare skin for a peel; this is because dermaplaning is essentially a first-step exfoliation technique that gets rid of dead skin cells and peach fuzz that may prevent the acids in the peel from being fully absorbed by the skin.

Combining dermaplaning with a peel can address a variety of superficial skin concerns. Superficial skin concerns are those that happen to the top layer of the skin or are the most visible to the naked eye. For example, superficial skin concerns may include dryness or dark spots. By combining dermaplaning with a peel, some appearance-related concerns you can correct include:

  • Fine lines
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Dryness
  • Dark spots
  • Sun damage


Chemical Peel FAQs

1. What Are Chemical Peels?

A chemical peel is an aesthetic treatment that utilizes the power of acids to exfoliate and rejuvenate skin. As a type of facial, a peel is likely one of the oldest cosmetic treatments in the world with accounts of their use dating back all the way to Cleopatra, who used sour milk in her beauty regimen.

Like other facials, a peel involves applying a layer of specially-formulated chemicals to the skin and can be completed within 20 to 30 minutes. There are a few different types of peels, and each accomplishes a different task as well as determines the frequency with which you may have the treatment. These peel types include:


A light peel typically uses something like glycolic acid or AHA to correct superficial skin concerns on the topmost layer of skin, also known as the epidermis. Light peels are adequate treatments for acne, dryness, uneven tone, fine lines, enlarged pores, and minor sun damage. A light peel is a treatment that can be done more frequently and is part of regular skin maintenance for many patients.


A medium peel uses acids that are slightly stronger and that penetrate the dermis, or the layer of skin right beneath the epidermis. Medium peels have a heavier hand when it comes to exfoliating and can accomplish such tasks as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, correcting acne scarring, restoring tone and texture, and alleviating dark spots or sun damage.

Medium peels are typically done less frequently and are specifically intended to address mild to moderate skin-related concerns.


Deep peels use the strongest chemical or acid for treatment. A deep peel is a one-time treatment that has a very specific use in removing precancerous legions, making it a medical treatment more than an aesthetic treatment. A deep peel removes the epidermis, dermis, and the underlying layer of skin to completely remove malignant skin growth. Deep peels require physician and oncologist consultation.

2. Why Should You Consider Peels?

Peels are excellent options for cosmetic treatments for several reasons. For one, they are painless and non-invasive, meaning they have a quick recovery time. Secondly, they are largely very affordable cosmetic treatments, making them more accessible than energy-based or specialized facials that may accomplish the same goals. Thirdly, peels are skin-perfecting heavy hitters, able to address multiple skin concerns at one time.

Peels are also incredibly customizable to your skin type and your skin needs – both in the types of acids that are used and the frequency of your treatment. A peel gives patients more flexibility than other cosmetic treatments and should absolutely be at the top of everyone’s list for quick, affordable, and effective treatments.

3. Are Peels Safe for Everyone?

Yes! Peels are unique among cosmetic treatments due to the fact that they are easily compatible with all skin types, tones, and issues. Various peels can be used with equal ease on both light and dark complexions, as well as on both young and mature skin. Peels do not harm the skin. Rather, the goal of a peel is to speed up natural exfoliation to restore the volume, luster, and supple texture of the skin.

A peel has a goal of restoring the natural balance of your skin by removing the dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that cause common skin concerns. Peels also have very little risk of adverse reactions. In fact, it’s a common practice to do a small patch test for first-time patients to ensure that the chosen acid serum is compatible with the patient’s skin and needs.

4. How Do You Know Which Peel Is Right for You?

Do you need a light peel or a medium peel? It’s a good question. Depending on your skin concerns and your skin needs, you might need a different peel than you first assume. Light peels are by far the most common type of peel, but they are generally used to address minor or mild appearance-related concerns, such as ongoing acne breakouts, enlarged pores, the beginnings of fine lines and wrinkles, and overall texture, tone, and dryness.

However, it might be the case that a medium peel is more appropriate for your skin needs. For example, if you have moderate fine lines and wrinkles, a medium peel might be better for you. Of course, the type of peel that is right for your needs also depends on other treatments you are having. We will help you determine which peel depth is right for your skin and your aesthetic goals.

5. What Should You Do Before Treatment?

Before your treatment, you will need to attend an initial consultation so we can examine your skin, assess your skin concerns, and discuss the best course of action for your treatment. The consultation is essential to deciding which type of peel is right for your needs.

We may ask about your skincare routine and other cosmetic treatments you have had in the past, including peels you may have had at other clinics. It’s especially important to tell us about the skincare products you use regularly, such as Retinols.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

We will give you a list of guidelines to follow to prepare for your treatment. A peel is a cosmetic treatment that requires only a small amount of preparation. Some pre-treatment guidelines to follow 5 to 7 days before your peel may include:

  • Discontinue use of Retinols
  • Do not use glycolic acid
  • Avoid exfoliating products and scrubs
  • Do not wax or tweeze


6. What Is Recovery Like?

There is no official downtime for this treatment. As a “lunchtime” treatment, patients are free to immediately return to all normal daily tasks, such as work or errands. Your skin will be vulnerable and sensitive in the days immediately following your treatment, however, provided you follow our recommended care practices, you will be able to achieve your desired results.

Post-Treatment Guidelines

The post-treatment guidelines are intended to ensure that your skin heals well from the treatment. Your post-treatment guidelines will include:

  • Avoid Retinol and glycolic products
  • Do not scrub the skin or use exfoliants
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Use recommended moisturizer


7. How Can You Enhance Peel Results?

The results of your peel will be evident within 3 to 5 days after your appointment. However, many patients are curious about how they can enhance the results of the peel or make these results last longer. The good news is that there are several things you can do to get the most out of each peel – and consequentially restore and rejuvenate your skin completely.

Dermaplaning is one of the things you can do to enhance the results of your peel, as dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz that make your skin look dull. Aside from dermaplaning, other options you have to enhance your peel results include:

Skincare Products

Using the right skincare products is absolutely essential to achieving the results you want from your treatment. The right skincare products for your skin take all of your skin needs into account, such as using sensitive skin products for sensitive skin or acne-prone products for acne-prone skin. You also have the option of using anti-aging products to help refine your skin.

You can find the right skincare products for your skin type and needs with both medical-grade prescription products and certain over-the-counter products. We will help you find the products that work best for your skincare needs.


Sunscreen might be the single most important thing anyone can do to protect their skin. Not only will sunscreen block potentially harmful UV rays, but blocking those UV rays is also a way to ward off premature aging. Studies suggest that those who have unprotected exposure to the sun age more quickly than those who do regularly wear sunscreen.

8. How Long Do Results Last?

The results of your peel will last several weeks or several months at a time. Light peels typically last for about 4 to 6 weeks, while medium peels will last for 2 to 6 months. The difference in results is due to how deep each peel is; because light peels only remove the epidermis, the results do not last for longer than a skin cell turnover cycle, whereas medium peels will require more time to accumulate dead skin cells.

9. How Often Should You Have a Peel?

For light peels, once a month is an ideal frequency. For medium peels, once every 4 to 6 months is best.

10. Will Dermaplaning Before a Peel Make Treatment More Effective?

Yes. By removing excess dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the skin surface, dermaplaning will make a peel more effective because dermaplaning allows the peel acid to penetrate the skin more deeply – and in turn makes the peel itself more effective.

11. Who Are Good Candidates for Chemical Peels?

The majority of adult patients who are looking for a way to maintain the texture and quality of their skin are likely good candidates for peels. If you want to perfect superficial skin concerns such as acne, scarring, fine lines, dark spots, or uneven skin tone or texture, then this treatment is a good option for you.

Get Radiant Skin With Chemical Peels After Dermaplaning!

The key to getting radiant skin quickly is the right combination of cosmetic treatments. By chemical peel after dermaplaning, you can achieve faster and better results. To learn more about combining cosmetic treatments, contact Radiant Divine Medical Spa in Avon, OH to schedule your initial consultation.