Microdermabrasion is a process that involves exfoliating the skin using microscopic particles to stimulate new cell growth. This procedure can be used to treat age spots, shallow scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture. There is no downtime or recovery period. At Renew Dermatology and Laser Center, we follow the microdermabrasion treatment with an Omnilux light treatment to combat acne and aging of the skin.


One Week before peel, patients should avoid these products and/or procedures:

  • Electrolysis

  • Depilatory Creams

  • Waxing

  • Laser Hair Removal

Three Days before peels, patients should avoid these products and/or procedures:

  • Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Tretinoin

  • Any products containing retinol, AHA or BHA, or benzoyl peroxide

  • Any exfoliating products or procedures that may be drying or irritating


What to expect immediately after the peel and up to 24 hours afterwards:

  • Skin may feel tight and more red than usual

  • Skin may feel tacky and have a yellow to orange tinge. This is temporary and will fade in a few hours.

  • Patients should wait until bedtime before washing the face.

  • Patients should avoid strenuous exercise starting the day of the procedure and while the skin is peeling.

24 hours after peel and until peeling is complete:

  • Skin may be tight until it starts to peel

  • Peeling will generally start between 48-72 hours after the procedure, and can last 2-5 days. DO NOT PICK OR PULL THE SKIN. Allow skin to peel at its own pace.

After Care regimen:

  • Cleanse: Use a gentle, soap free cleanser. Do not scrub and/or use a washcloth while skin is peeling.

  • Moisturizer: While skin is peeling, patients should apply Vivite replenish, Avene Tolerance crème, Dermal Repair (or ask if you have a moisturizer you may want to use post peel) as often as needed to relieve any dryness and control peeling.

  • Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen daily of a 30spf or higher in the morning and throughout the day. Avoid direct sunlight for at least one week.

We have physician-approved products in our product room if you have any questions on which products to use post- and pre-care for the peels. Please ask our skin care professionals if you have any questions.

After Peeling process is complete:

  • Patients may resume the regular use of Retin-A, retinol, AHA products or bleaching creams only after the peeling process is complete.

  • Patients should wait until peeling has completed before having any other facial procedures including: Facials, facial hair removal, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments.

Variations in amount of peeling:
The degree of peeling may vary depending on the individual’s skin type and skin condition at the time of the peel. The success of the peel should not be determined by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce.

Renew Dermatology and Laser Center

3305 Placer St., Ste. B,

Redding, CA 96001