Poor Candidates

  • Patients who are allergic to aspirin should not have salicylic acid or Jessner peels
  • Patients who have fruit allergies should avoid alpha hydroxy acids
  • Patients with sunburn or significant recent sun exposure should defer a chemical peel.
  • Patients with active facial rashes, sunburn, dermatitis or open wounds of the face should defer chemical peel.
  • Patients who have had recent laser resurfacing need to be cleared by our staff.
  • Patients who have been on oral isotretinoid should avoid chemical peels for 6-12 months.
  • Patients who have had cosmetic surgery of the face should wait 6-12 months before having a moderate to deep peel, or obtain clearance from their surgeon.
  • Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiation to the face need to wait 6-12 months before moderate to deep peel.
  • Patients with a history of herpes simplex need to be treated prophylactically to avoid recurrence.
  • Patients with HIV need to have a recent (within 3 months) viral load, WBC and CD4 count.
  • Pregnancy or Lactating mothers should avoid chemical peels. Alpha hydroxy peels (fruit acids) are perfectly safe for the fetus. However, during pregnancy and lactation, the skin is hyperpigmented in spotty areas, so its best to correct these effects after pregnancy and lactation.