Is Exfoliation After an Aesthetic Treatment a Good Idea?


It isn’t new nowadays to get an aesthetic treatment. Why not when it can leave your skin feeling supple, refreshed, and rejuvenated? But, what happens after you’re done with treatment? Should you go back to your usual skin care routine right away?

The most specific question would be: Should you exfoliate your skin in the same manner (i.e., twice weekly) right after treatment? Would it be too harsh on the skin?

This article aims to discuss whether there is a need for exfoliation right after you’ve done your aesthetic treatment. We will discuss whether it’s a good idea or not. If so, when would you do it and how would you do it?

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. There are two types of exfoliation: 

  • Physical
  • Chemical

Physical exfoliation involves using a scrub or brush to manually remove dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves the use of acids or enzymes to break down and dissolve dead skin cells.

Why Exfoliate Your Skin?

Exfoliating your skin can bring several benefits. It can help to:

  • Remove dead skin cells, revealing brighter, smoother skin
  • Unclog pores, reducing the likelihood of acne breakouts
  • Improve the absorption of skincare products
  • Stimulate collagen production and cell turnover, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

Is Exfoliation After an Aesthetic Treatment a Good Idea?

The answer is not straightforward.

Exfoliation after an aesthetic treatment can be beneficial, but it depends on the type of treatment you received and the state of your skin (meaning the status – hydrated, dry, or oily).

Some treatments, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing, involve removing the top layer of skin. And therefore, exfoliation may not be necessary and should be avoided.

However, if your treatment did not involve removing the top layer of skin, then gentle exfoliation can help to remove any dead skin cells that may have accumulated after the procedure. This allows your skin to breathe and absorb any post-treatment products more easily.

When and How to Exfoliate After an Aesthetic Treatment?

If you determine that exfoliation is appropriate after your aesthetic treatment, the next step is to decide when and how to exfoliate. We recommend waiting at least 48 hours after your treatment before exfoliating your skin, as your skin may be sensitive or irritated immediately after the procedure.

When you do decide to exfoliate, choose a gentle and non-irritating exfoliant, such as a chemical exfoliant with AHAs or BHAs, or a mild physical exfoliant that is appropriate for your skin type. Avoid using products that are too harsh or abrasive, as they can cause irritation and damage to your skin. Be gentle and avoid scrubbing too hard to prevent further irritation.


Exfoliation after an aesthetic treatment can help your skin look and feel even better. However, it’s important to consider the type of treatment you received and the condition of your skin before deciding whether exfoliation is appropriate. If you decide to exfoliate, wait at least 48 hours after your treatment and choose a gentle and non-irritating exfoliant. Remember, gentle exfoliation is the key to achieving brighter, smoother, and more refreshed-looking skin.

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